Last week, I had the opportunity to travel to Trenton, along with dozens of my coworkers at United Airlines, to dispute the inclusion of a staggering jet fuel tax hike to fund New Jersey’s Transportation Trust Fund. 

As a pilot for almost 30 years now, I know this unprecedented tax hike saddled upon airlines, with significant ripple effects for my fellow employees and our passengers, would hinder our ability to operate in the state and would put additional strain on New Jersey’s already ailing economy. 

One of the biggest reasons why New Jersey’s aviation industry remains competitive is because of our state’s business-friendly climate that helps support good jobs, like mine. While New Jersey considers this legislation, New York and Pennsylvania have maintained lower fuel taxes, meaning this proposal will make our state less competitive against airlines with large operations in those states.

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Keeping jet fuel taxes low helps keep the overall cost of flying and shipping affordable for the families and businesses we proudly serve everyday and ensures New Jersey’s economy continues to thrive. 

This proposed legislation puts all of that at risk and is why I voiced my opposition to the jet fuel tax increase and will continue to do so. I ask that all your readers consider this issue carefully and to tell their Senators to vote no to raising jet fuel taxes.