HARTFORD, CT (WCBS 880) – Before he is officially sworn-in as Governor of Connecticut, Dan Malloy is already aggressively going after federal dollars.

WCBS 880 Connecticut Bureau Chief Fran Schneidau reports

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Specifically, Malloy has his eye on federal transportation funds that had been marked for the rail tunnel beneath the Hudson River. Malloy notes that’s a multi-billion-dollar transportation project that was cancelled by New Jersey Governor Chris Christie.

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“If Governor Christie is going to cancel a major project in New Jersey, why not spend that money within the region?” Malloy said to WCBS 880 Connecticut Bureau Chief Fran Schneidau.

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Malloy has met with U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood and his team hoping to funnel some of those funds right to Connecticut’s rails and roads.