MANALAPAN, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP)New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie says the state will go to court to fight a finding it must repay the federal government the entire $271 million it spent on early design and construction work for a now-scrapped New Jersey-New York train tunnel.

trans hudson Gov. Christie Vows To Fight $271M Trans Hudson Tunnel Bill In Court

Artist rendering of trans-Hudson tunnel platform extension at Penn Station. (Credit: NJ Transit & Port Authority)

The Record newspaper reports Christie announced his intentions Tuesday during a town hall meeting in Manalapan.

The Republican governor didn’t provide more details on his plans.

His office declined further comment.

Christie abandoned the project last fall, citing escalating costs. He noted potential overruns of $2 billion to $5 billion, which he said the state couldn’t afford.

Federal transportation officials said New Jersey only got the federal funds because it committed to finishing the project, known as ARC, for Access to the Region’s Core.

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