(TRENTON) – Assembly Majority Leader Joseph Cryan (D-Union) released the following statement Monday on plans by U.S. Sens. Robert Menendez and Frank Lautenberg (both D-N.J.) and Amtrak to unveil an alternative to the Hudson River commuter rail tunnel killed by Gov. Chris Christie in October:
“I applaud Sens. Menendez and Lautenberg for showing true leadership and vision for New Jersey’s transportation and economic future.
“I also thank Amtrak and the Obama administration for its commitment to New Jersey.
“It’s clear that this project has a long way to go, but leaders find ways to get things done and solve tough problems, and that’s what we’re seeing here under Sens. Menendez and Lautenberg.
“Unfortunately, we still have to deal with a governor who puts ideology and YouTube moments over economic development, job creation and a better future for New Jersey, but I’m confident Assembly Democrats will stand ready to help where possible.
“We look forward to learning more details about the plan. This much we know – a new commuter rail tunnel is critical to New Jersey’s economic future and this plan moves us back in the right direction.”