Hundreds of transportation projects to stop in NJ

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - Hundreds of transportation projects will come to a halt Friday night for at least a week as New Jersey looks for money to pay for them.

The state Department of Transportation and New Jersey Transit released lists of projects Wednesday that will be suspended at 11:59 p.m. Friday.

A deal to fund the state's Transportation Trust Fund by raising the state gas tax failed to pass the Senate last week. The proposal had passed the Assembly earlier in the week.

An executive order signed last Thursday by Republican Gov. Chris Christie called for the suspension.

Projects paid for by federal funds and projects deemed "absolutely essential" can continue.

The suspended projects encompass all 21 New Jersey counties and range in cost from under $100,000 to hundreds of millions of dollars.

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