TRENTON – A bill sponsored by Senator Bob Gordon to halt shipping fees charged by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and protect the competitiveness of the region’s port – and the hundreds of thousands of local jobs it supports – was approved today by the Senate Transportation Committee.
“The Port of New York and New Jersey is an economic engine for our region, supporting commerce, jobs and economic activity. We have to make sure we are protecting its long-term viability,” said Senator Gordon, D-Bergen and Passaic. “Imposing a fee on ocean carriers was a step in the wrong direction as it places us at a competitive disadvantage, threatening the future success of our port and the hundreds of thousands of local jobs it supports. We should be looking to make the port stronger and more competitive, and repealing this fee will go a long way toward doing that.”