I have traveled most of the major roads of New Jersey and I have no idea what you are talking about.
Are you saying that the turnpike is better maintained than the free road?
If that is the case, I'd point out that the free
freeways of the west coast are better still. And might it not be an argument that the state of New Jersey is remiss in its maintenance of the public roads.
Toll roads are one of my models for why democracy will collapse.
People LOVE government!
Build a house in the country and eventually a majority will vote to incorporate.
Have a house in a subdivision and eventually the majority will vote to form a homeowner's association that will charge you money and impose rules but will not actually add anything to your life.
These things are increasingly true in the far west, but the people of the eastern time zone have won their battle - they LOVE Big Brother. Some of you, voluntarily, live under six or seven levels of government and each one of them taxes you.
So toll booths are here to stay. Politicians love them. They are a tax that no one had do sully his reputation by voting "yes" on. A fair amount of the revenues come from out of state, so it is truly taxation without representation. (Which is NOT illegal in the US, in case you thought it was. It is merely un-American, whatever that means)
No, folks, toll roads are here to stay. Despite the fact that on a bad day and a shortish commute, they double your gas consumption and thereby double the pollution. A car idling in line at the tollbooth, going nowhere is still polluting, it is just not doing anything productive.
I recently drove from Pennsylvania to the eastern tip of Maine to the most distant point in California. The total tolls I paid totaled $28.25 ALL
east of Chicago. The only reason it was not twice that is because I avoided major highways while eastbound and did not take the PA Turnpike.
The worst is Orlando Florida. I took my granddaughter to DisneyWorld last year and every highway around Orlando is a toll road. Going back to the airport you get right off the end of the runway, you can see the terminal building and you have to stop and pay another fifty cents to get there.
Well, Orlando, you got your pound of flesh. Once! I have lots more grandchildren and I am taking them to DisneyLand in California. I will never give the city of Orlando another penny. DisneyWorld, sorry 'bout that.
Happiness is not seeing another trite Ste. Maarten photo all week long.