There is so much congestion in NJ, and it spread with urban sprawl; charging tolls really didnt address it (doesnt thin the herd). As I understand it, tolls can only be charged where there is a free alternative - and those alternatives are choked no just with traffic, but traffic signals, businesses alongside the roads, etc..
Yeh, understand about not thinning the herd. People and corporations are relocating so fast to DFW area that roads and concrete cant keep up. I live near the corridor where much of the relocations are happening and being retired I stay off the roads during morning and evening rush unless absolutely necessary.
Yes, those are times to avoid the roads here as well; total gridlock. While the economy is dying, they are still building multi-family housing for the trafficked immigrants they bring in to keep the lights on/school districts from collapsing, and we have plenty of strip-malls and crap for the “service economy” (the minimum wage-type jobs).