TRENTON, N.J. (CBSnewYork/AP) — A transportation conference in Trenton will give New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie a forum to discuss his strategy for funding road, rail and bridge projects.

Wednesday’s meeting was sponsored by the nonprofit Alliance for Action, a coalition of business, labor and government leaders.

Christie proposed an $8 billion plan in January to fund state transportation needs for five years. It calls for new borrowing and redirects money that had been earmarked for a commuter rail tunnel to Manhattan.

Democrats in the Legislature are trying to repeal a 2012 toll increase that would send $1.25 billion to the Transportation Trust Fund.

They said the money should be returned to taxpayers if the tunnel isn’t being built. Christie says he should be able to apply the funds where they’re needed.

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  1. Joanna says:

    What transportation? There is one bus that goes through my town that has such a long winded route that you end up traveling well over three times the distance it would take by car (and it only comes every hour). NJ should increase the number, frequency, and routes of public buses so that:
    -more people would use the bus system
    – less drinking and driving as people would be able to get the bus home.
    – increase business between the towns as they would become more accessible
    – senior citizens and people who don’t have cars can get around much more easily and more independently.
    -much needed jobs would be created……….it’s a win win

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