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NJ To Challenge Feds Over $271M Tunnel Bill

Rail tunnel under the Hudson River. (AP Photo/Mel Evans, File)

Rail tunnel under the Hudson River. (AP Photo/Mel Evans, File)

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Gov. Chris Christie plans to challenge the $271 million the federal government says New Jersey owes after canceling a rail tunnel.

Christie spokesman Michael Drewniak says the administration is completing plans to retain a Washington, D.C., law firm. The firm has expertise in federal transit matters and will try to stop the Federal Transit Administration from collecting money spent on engineering and construction for the Hudson River tunnel.

Christie killed what was the nation’s most expensive public works project because of potential cost overruns.

The FTA sent New Jersey a bill on Nov. 24 payable within 30 days.

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