Report On Trans-Hudson Tunnel Disputes Christie’s Cost Fears

April 10, 2012 12:00 AM

Report On Trans-Hudson Tunnel Disputes Christie’s Cost Fears
" NEWARK, N.J. (CBSNewYork) – It was a controversial move when Gov. Chris Christie put the brakes on a new tunnel project saying it was too costly. Now, a new federal report claims the project may not have cost as much as Christie had predicted.

There would eventually be more trains, some commuters said, had New Jersey gone through with building a new rail tunnel under the Hudson River called the ARC, short for “access to the region’s core.”

“We need it, period,” South Orange’s Anthony Despenza told CBS 2’s Christine Sloan on Tuesday.

But Gov. Christie cancelled ARC, saying it could cost $8 billion more than estimated figures. However, a new report released by the Government Accountability Office claims the governor’s numbers were exaggerated.

“It’s important for the people of New Jersey. The commuters, whether they go east or come west ought to know what took place,” said U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg.

Lautenberg, a Democrat, requested the report, which claims Garden State residents would have shouldered 14 percent of the bill instead of the 70 percent projected by the governor "

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