Legal Costs Over Trans-Hudson Tunnel Project Funds Tops $1 Million

NEWARK, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — Governor Chris Christie’s legal battle with the federal government over whether the state owes $271 million for abandoning a train tunnel under the Hudson has so far cost the state more than a $1 million.

The GOP governor said the state will fight a finding it must repay the federal government the entire $271 million spent on early design and construction work for a now-scrapped New Jersey-New York train tunnel.

Christie abandoned the project last fall, citing escalating costs, but federal transportation officials say New Jersey only got the federal funds because it committed to finishing the project.

Invoices obtained by The Star-Ledger show the state owes $225,000 a month in interest on the money.

The state has also been paying the Patton Boggs law firm an average of $300,000 a month in legal bills.

Is the legal fight costing New Jersey too much? Sound off in our comments section below…

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  • Linda

    Oh no. This is the Christie they want to run for president. More WASTE, WASTE, WASTE. Just give the money back instaed of making your atty friends richer Christie.

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  • Peter

    Chistie is using the money to fund his snack habit.

  • Susan

    The town listed should say Secaucus, Jersey City, or Hudson county.

    This ARC Tunnel was to be built between Secaucus NJ and NYC. Secaucus is a municipality of Hudson County and Jersey City is the Capital of Hudson county.

    I don’t understand why it says Newark??? Newark is located in Essex County and was not part of this project??? Come on NY get your NJ geography right.

    • Dale Auburn

      The location noted in the dateline reflects where the reporter filed the story. In this case, it happens to be Newark, probably because New Jersey Transit
      (which would have operated the ARC tunnel) is based in Newark.

      Come on, you DID know that, right?

  • Robert J Senn

    this is obama ism at its best steal from nj and srew it

    • Dale Auburn

      Obama isn’t “stealing” anything from anybody. The State of NJ specifically agreed – IN WRITING – that the “Access to the Region’s Core” (ARC) money was to be used only for the ARC project, and that the state would return the ARC money if the project wasn’t completed. Meanwhile, Christine NEVER intended to build ARC because too many train riders are Democrats. Now he’s upset that he couldn’t get away with diverting the ARC money to other things.

  • Dale Auburn

    The funny thing about federal capital funds is that, by law, they MUST be used for SPECIFIC projects. Money authorized for a new rail tunnel cannot be diverted to to rebuild the Bernardsville station.

    Christie KNEW ALL ALONG that the money would have to be returned if the project wasn’t completed, yet he DELIBERATELY chose not to complete it in an effort to illegally divert the money to other uses. Now he’s upset that he couldn’t get away with it.

  • RichieT

    By the time this B.S. is over, no matter what the decision, because of the amount of money this is costing the tax payers in New Jersey, it would have been cheaper to finish it. It’s going to get built. How much more is it going to cost if they do it in 5 years.
    The 2nd Ave Subway was proposed in 1929. The cost in 1939, was estimated at $250 million. WWII. stopped it. 1944 they were going to start again 4 tracks, 1949, $504 Million. 1951,. $500 million bond. Planned to be finished !957-58. Currently, it’s estimated at $5.8 BILLION, It’s half the size they originally planned, and IT’S STILL NOT FINISHED!!!!!,

  • Hal

    what happened to our elected senators who side with ny who received twice as much as NJ, and the NY senator who sides with them. Christie is right. It is obvious
    that the OBAMA administration has a lot to do with it. Christie is right. Dump both these senators in the next election

    • RichieT

      How much money does the Federal Government get in taxes from NY vs NJ?

      • TED

        more than the fed gov’t giver back

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