Chris Christie: NJ Will Not Pay Back $271 Million for Tunnel

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christie2NJ Gov. Chris Christie said Tuesday that New Jersey will continue its fight to avoid repaying the federal government $271 million spent on the Hudson River rail tunnel project that he canceled in October.

The deadline for the state to repay the money or file a formal appeal was Tuesday night.

Christie said on an appearance on West Trenton news radio station 101.5 that the state does not intend to pay.

Christie spokesman Michael Drewniak said the administration would have more details Wednesday on an appeal.

The $8.7 billion project was the most expensive public works project in the country when Christie spiked it. It would have doubled the capacity for trains traveling between New York City and New Jersey, routes that are now close to capacity and frequently delayed.

Federal authorities say New Jersey owes it for engineering and construction work done on the tunnel before Christie canceled the project. They say $128 million would be credited back to the state to ease traffic jams once the state pays in full.

When Christie canceled the project he said that New Jersey was going to have to foot too much of the bill, including potential cost overruns of between $2 billion and $5 billion.

{Trentonian/Matzav.com}

2 COMMENTS

  1. This guy is not a fiscal strongman. This guy is a miser!

    NJ should pay back the monies it received and used before canceling the project.

    If you pay someone to add on to your house and he does work and puts time in, then you decide not to finish the product, you dont pay him back for the money he fronted in getting supplies and working up the blueprints for you?

    First stealing from the teacher’s pension money and “not wanting to pay it back”, and now not paying BACK the money to the Feds for work already started.

    It is not that it’s the “right thing to do”, it’s that Christie just will not spend money.

    You know, it’s not like it’s getting cheaper to live in NJ with Property Taxes and Auto Insurance. You know, I dont feel like paying any bills either.

    Where is all that tax money you collect going, Mr Xtie?

  2. @MoshiachNow01 What if you hired someone to add on to your house and he does work and puts time in, then he comes back to you and tells you that the project will cost way more than he originally quoted. So you decide not to finish the product, do you pay him back for the money he fronted in getting supplies and working up the blueprints for you?

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