In the 1930s, motorists paid 50 cents to drive through the Holland Tunnel, and a night at the Hotel Chesterfield in Jersey City cost $2.50.

Times have changed. Drivers now pay $8 to enter the tunnel, a roughly 1,500% boost from the good old days. And the cost for a New Jersey hotel room has increased by 6,000%, Christopher Ward, executive director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, pointed out Thursday during a Municipal Forum of New York luncheon.

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