WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump’s new-found opposition to funding the Gateway Tunnel project is just the latest example of how he’s championed policies that punish New Jersey, where he has long ties and spends his spring weekends and summer vacation.
The Trump-backed tax plan targeted New Jersey and other high-tax states by curbing the federal deduction for state and local taxes, and he backed Affordable Care Act repeal efforts that disproportionately cut funding from those states, which expanded Medicaid in order to expand coverage.
Meanwhile, New Jersey taxpayers send billions of dollars more to Washington than they get back in services, and his policies would only make that discrepancy worse.
“It seems very clear that a guiding principle of the Trump administration is to punish people who didn’t support him,” said Matthew Hale, a political science professor at Seton Hall University.
Trump seeks to kill Gateway funding
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