Pallone Blasts Trump Policies Leading to Hike in Gas Prices
Long Branch, NJ – Today at the Monmouth Service Plaza on the Garden State Parkway, Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06) blasted the policies that have helped lead to New Jersey drivers paying nearly $.60 more than they were in June of 2017. President Trump’s withdrawal from the Iran deal, erratic behavior on the world stage and cuts to clean and renewable energy programs have all contributed to higher gas prices. As the top Democrat on the Energy and Commerce Committee, Pallone has been a leader in calling to investments in clean energy.
Live video of the event can be found here.
“New Jerseyans headed to the shore and on vacation for the 4th of July shouldn’t have to spend more on gas because of the extreme policies of the Trump administration,” said Pallone. “Gas prices shot up when the president pulled out of the Iran deal with no alternative on the able. Meanwhile, the administration has gutted our efforts to develop clean energy sources and electric vehicles that can provide savings for travelers in the future.”
In New Jersey, the average price of gas today is $2.88 ($2.93 in Monmouth County), which is 60 cents per gallon higher than one year ago. On June 13, 26 percent of New Jersey gas stations were selling gas at over $3.00 per gallon. No gas stations in the state were selling over $3.00 per gallon in the month of June 2017.
Congressman Pallone has been a major proponent of fuel emission standards and developing our nation’s electric vehicle infrastructure. Tracy E. Noble, AAA Mid-Atlantic, Manager of Public & Government Affairs joined Pallone at the event.