by Jacob Davies
NJ Transit owes the federal government at least $271 million for the Hudson River rail tunnel that Gov. Chris Christie scrapped last month, a federal official says.
The $8.7 billion project to construct a rail tunnel between New Jersey and New York was 15 years in the making when Christie pulled the plug on Oct. 27, citing potential cost overruns.
The Federal Transit Administration on Monday sent the railroad the bill for the so-called Access to the Region's Core project.
"NJT must immediately repay all the Federal financial assistance expended for ARC under the (work agreement) which is currently estimated to be $271.091 million, plus reasonable interest and penalty charges that will be determined by FTA," regional administrator Brigid Hynes-Cherin wrote in the letter to James Weinstein, executive director of NJ Transit.
I'm not sure if Christie believes that the existing transport infrastructure that his state depends on was put in place by the Railway Fairy or what, but he just cost his state a quarter of a billion dollars for ... nothing at all. That's Leadership!