- Associated Press - Monday, August 1, 2016

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - A top New Jersey Democrat says Republican Gov. Chris Christie opposes new legislation to raise the gas tax and pay for road and bridge work because he’s “auditioning” for Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.

Senate President Steve Sweeney predicted Monday the stalemate over transportation funding might not be resolved until after the election.

The comment comes after Sweeney failed to post legislation raising the gas tax by 23 cents while phasing out the estate tax. He says Christie, who heads Trump’s transition team, won’t back the bill because it shrinks the budget by the less than a different bill Christie backs.

Christie supports an Assembly-passed measure to hike the gas tax by 23 cents while cutting the sales tax to 6 percent.

Christie spokesman Brian Murray said in a statement that the governor remains committed to reaching an amicable solution with legislative leaders that represents tax fairness for all New Jersey residents.

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