Christie Said to Hold Fast on Cancellation of Hudson Tunnel

Tuesday, 26 Oct 2010 08:22 PM

 

  Comment  |
   Contact  |
  Print  
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie tomorrow will rule out building a commuter-rail tunnel under the Hudson River after a two-week review of his decision to kill it, said a Republican official with knowledge of discussions about the project.

Christie, 48, a first-term Republican, stopped the project Oct. 7 citing overruns of as much as $5 billion over the initial cost estimate of $8.7 billion. A day later he agreed at U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood’s request to a review to study options that might save the tunnel.

The governor made his final decision because he was not satisfied that the federal government’s plan would insulate the state from overruns, said the official, who declined to be identified because he wasn’t authorized to speak on it before Christie’s announcement.

A Christie spokesman, Kevin Roberts, declined to comment. The story was previously reported by the Star-Ledger of Newark.

U.S. Senator Frank Lautenberg, in an e-mailed statement, said the federal government had offered financing options designed to allay Christie’s concerns about overruns. Lautenberg, a Democrat from New Jersey, said the federal offer would “limit or even eliminate New Jersey’s responsibility” for increased costs.

“It was clear from the beginning that Governor Christie planned to kill this project no matter what,” Lautenberg said in the e-mailed statement.

The 8.8-mile (14-kilometer) Access to the Region’s Core project was designed to double New Jersey Transit’s rail capacity into New York City. The tunnel would have ended in a new underground station to be built at 34th Street near New York’s Penn Station terminal.


© Copyright 2014 Bloomberg News. All rights reserved.

  Comment  |
   Contact  |
  Print  
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Country
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
Top Stories
You May Also Like

Full Holiday Menu for Obamas, Plus 6 Pies

Thursday, 27 Nov 2014 20:59 PM

President Barack Obama spent a quiet Thanksgiving at the White House where the belly-stuffing menu featured all the holi . . .

NFL Urges Lame-Duck Congress to Renew Terrorism Risk Insurance

Thursday, 27 Nov 2014 20:21 PM

The National Football League has joined a growing coalition of business groups across the country to urge Congress to pa . . .

Alaska Pot Backer Ordered to Comply With Subpoena

Thursday, 27 Nov 2014 19:11 PM

A campaign-finance investigation is moving forward against an Alaska television reporter who quit her job on-air and vow . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved