PENNSAUKEN, NJ (CBS) – They keep climbing. This morning, residents of the tri-state area are waking up to even higher gas prices.
Gas has reached record highs in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Delaware and now people are looking for relief.
PAIN AT THE PUMP: Drivers are facing record gas prices, including in New Jersey, where the average gallon now costs more than $4.50. I break down two bills that would provide direct relief to NJ drivers arriving at 630 on @CBSPhilly pic.twitter.com/gY7EcojhNw
— Ross DiMattei CBS-3 (@RossDiMattei) May 10, 2022
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The average gallon of gasoline in New Jersey will now cost you north of $4.50 and it continues to climb, but there are two bills being worked on by the state legislature aimed at helping drivers to offset the current cost of gasoline.
The first bill was introduced by New Jersey Assemblyman Raj Mukherji. It would offer rebates to every New Jersey resident who owns a non-commercial vehicle registered in the state.
These rebates would be worth $400 to $800 depending on how long you have lived in New Jersey during the year.
The proposal would also create a fare holiday for New Jersey Transit from June through August, meaning residents could use public transit for free during the summer months.
The second bill was introduced by Gloucester County Senator Ed Dur and it would provide $500 to New Jersey families for gas prices and inflation relief.
CBS3 spoke with Voytek Wolfe, associate professor of political science at Rutger University in Camden.
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He says rising prices at the pump are the result of a lack of investment in oil, the war in Ukraine and regulatory issues.
“These are all highly political issues,” Wolfe said. “We are going to the midterm elections and then we are preparing for the presidential elections, so I imagine that will be a hot topic.”
Residents feel the pain as they refill their tanks.
“Everything is more expensive, man. You know, I have to pay for gas to get to my two jobs at $7.25 an hour. How will I feed my children? said a man.
Another woman says she tries to go to New Jersey when she can to refuel because prices in Philadelphia are even higher.
The first bill sets aside more than $1.6 billion from the state’s general fund to pay rebates and reimburse NJ Transit.
He is currently on the Transport Committee of the Assembly and Independent Authorities.
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Neither of the two bills has yet to be voted on.