Christie Wants Money To Repair Newark Rail Bridge

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) Gov. Chris Christie killed plans for a Hudson River tunnel, but now he wants money for a bridge over the Hackensack River.

The New Jersey governor said the Portal Bridge outside Newark is outdated and that the state needs federal money to improve the rail.

“You cannot have truly high speed rail with the Portal Bridge the way it is now,” Christie said.

LISTEN: WCBS 880’s Levon Putney reports on Christie’s push for bridge funding

The federal government has given $450 million to the state for high speed rail work that will help fix signals and overhead lines and wires, but the money isn’t going to the Portal Bridge, Christie said.

“They know obviously that the state’s ready to step up and put a significant amount of money into the Portal Bridge project because it’s something that is necessary to improve rail transportation in the region,” Christie said.

The bridge is a main artery along the Northeast Corridor, which is why Christie is pushing for the money.

“There can’t be high speed rail between New York and Washington without a change at the Portal Bridge,” Christie said.

Are you familiar with the Portal Bridge? What kind of state is the bridge in? Tell us in our comments section below.

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  • Teddy

    What a bunch of fools. None of you clowns understand the fiscal damage that tunnel would have caused when the cost overruns hit in the billions. If it was so important to the region, the Port Authority or New York State should agree to pick up the budget overruns. Of course, they were smart enough to know that this was a budget disaster waiting to happen. The only ones b*itchin about it are the other politicians looking to get some cheap votes and the unions slugs that drag their feet and cause the majority of the overruns. Christy is the bet thing that happened to Jersey – hopefully he changes his mind and kicks Obama’s A to the unemployment line along with all the other people Obama put there. OBAMA CAUSED THE CRISIS AND CONTINUES TO DAMAGE THE ECONOMY AND FUTURE OF OUR COUNTRY. Go ahed blind lib’s start swinging – I’m the man.

  • vy

    Christie is amazing. Rather than build new state of the art ficilities that will last for the next 100 years, he wants money to put a bandaid on the existing 100 year old bridge and kick the project down the road to some future govenor deal with.

  • Barbara

    Christie is unbelievable! He kills the railway project, refuses to refund the money, and then asks for more money for another project? The president should just tell him to go to he**, the way he told the president to go to he**.

  • Robert Senn

    skrew high speed rail bring back trollies and commuter lines

  • Peter

    He has 271 million from the Feds that he does not want to give back and now he wants more money !!!!! He is a %$# )%#@!!!

  • Christie Is An Idiot

    “You cannot have truly high speed rail with the Portal Bridge the way it is now,”


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