On Monday Governor Murphy vetoed A-4135, which would have authorized the State or a local government to use a digital parking meter or other electronic parking compliance device to monitor parking compliance within its jurisdiction. The bill would have also established the “Designated Drivers to Prevent Drunk Driving Fatalities Fund.”
In his veto message, Governor Murphy expressed his concern that the meters would dramatically increase the number of parking tickets issued, citing the number of violations issued by Palisades Park pilot program, and that this would increase the fines paid by New Jersey residents.
The Governor further stated that “if we are going to seek additional revenue to support important public priorities, I firmly believe that we should first ask those at the very top, such as those with incomes in excess of $1 million, to pay their fair share. I do not believe it is appropriate to protect the tax breaks enjoyed by the wealthiest New Jerseyans while extracting additional money from low-and middle-income New Jerseyans, many of whom are struggling to make ends meet. I will not allow technological advances to multiply the likelihood of an unexpected parking ticket, which can devastate a resident or family living paycheck to paycheck.”
The Governor also stated that he is “committed to making New Jersey a state in which all residents can both afford to live and maximize their talents and abilities. I believe that the use of digital parking meters and the likely flood of parking tickets that would result will make New Jersey less affordable.”
Contact: Lori Buckelew, Senior Legislative Analyst, email@example.com, 609-695-3481, x112.