that's because they pay for the roads with a gas tax. Gas in California is about $2 more expensive than NJ, per gallon. It's ridiculous.
NJ has some of the cheapest gas in the country.
Yet SC has much cheaper gas than NJ, and no toll roads. All states have a heavy gas tax, and the feds take an even larger chunk. I used to work in the oil and gas industry.
Originally Posted by Erock
NJ has gas tax too, the price of gas is close to what I pay here--although NC has a higher gas tax I believe. And yes, that is how we pay for our roads. It's a little more transparent in respect to accounting and accountability.
Toll roads are BS. NJ, VA, and PA all have many toll roads, and these roads seem to be maintained just as poorly as the non toll roads. Then there are the bridge tolls (Delaware to NJ = rape).
In regards to paying $8-$12 per day to use the beach, I think that is asinine. I don't think the beach communities should get any more assistance from the state or feds if they are charging for use. Why should I have to see my taxes go toward their maintenance, when I still have to pay to use it? The largest cost of beach maintenance is restoration. The only reason there is restoration, is because wealthy people built houses right up to the water.
As if I needed more reasons to dislike NJ...
yes but you in cali have all year round income and larger amounts of tourists, us nj people have a small 3 month window of large income from the coast and the revenue is vital to the small bussiness/beach up keep,no brainwashing just simple economics.
I have never had to pay to surf, along with fishing. I walk right through and don't bother to look at the booth people. I'm surfing in the ocean as people have said no one owns the ocean. I am not depending on a life guard when I'm sure a good majority of surfers can swim better than allot of them. It's disgusting how the bennies leave the beach it really is. Dawn patrol sessions can be heart breaking sometimes seeing the beach filthy with trash. Cali for sure does not have that. Maybe this tread will stay alive and we can get a comparison o a Saturday here and Saturday in Cali. The cleanliness is respect the badges are greed, taking advantage, and whatever else people have said
One time this summer me and my friend showed up for Dawn Patrol, since I always go early in the morning. We stuck around a while and my friend had brought a bag and some stuff to the beach. Left to grab something from the car after gaurds came on duty and the guy tried to charge him to get back in. He said "I've been here all morning my stuff is in there I don't even have any money with me it's on the beach" and the guy told him it didn't matter so my friend just walked by him haha.