Feds Say NJ Governor Knew Risk Of Tunnel

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Federal officials said New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie knew the Garden State would have to repay federal funds spent on the canceled Hudson River rail tunnel.

The Record newspaper reports Christie successfully urged federal officials in April to use a type of funding agreement that federal law requires to be repaid if the state backed out.

Federal Transportation Department documents show New Jersey Transit sought a new Early System Work Agreement in January to speed up the project.

Christie reaffirmed New Jersey’s commitment to the project in an April 8 letter to U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. The governor called the tunnel “critical for the transit riders of New Jersey and the region.”

Christie canceled the project Oct. 27, citing potential cost overruns.

NJ Transit on Thursday hired a Washington, D.C., law firm to fight the Federal Transit Administration’s $271 million bill.

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  • bush

    i still think he is too fat to be an effective governor. politicians should be attractive people. christie is pretty ugly. he may be smart and all, but we just cannot get over how darn fat the man is. someone get this guy a deal-a-meal.

  • vincent lore

    He’s making tough, but smart, choices.

  • Josh

    The option Christie should have chosen was to threaten to walk away from the deal if the Feds didn’t renegotiate the cost overruns portion. That would have been the smarter move, thus seeing that work progressed and people got paid. Instead, CC pulled out unilaterally without consulting anyone and has made himself look foolish considering the NYC MTA has offered to do the job with the #7 train for half the cost.

  • mark

    Hopefully people will remember just how foolish and incompetent Christie is when we vote again. He is pathetic.

  • Wasilla Gorila

    We just don’t have the billions of dollars for the potential cost overrun which always is the case when a project of this magnitude. This is Jersey and everyone would stick their hands out for the moola. The fellow did the right thing!!!

  • Ross

    He stopped NJ from getting a multimillion dollar FED education grant because of flawed paperwork , then pinned it on another official . Clearly doesn’t know what he’s doing . Takes no resposibility . Who’s he going to blame this one on ? SAY GOODBYE TO TRENTON , IDIOT !

  • Michael Boxer

    Seems the people of NJ got dupped once again.

  • Thomas Mastrobuoni

    Great, so now, not only do we not get the new tunnels, but transit riders will most likely have to bear the burden of the bill NJ Transit just got because of Christie. Way to go Gov! Don’t get too comfy in Trenton!

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