Assembly Majority Leader Joseph Cryan released the following statement Thursday regarding documents provided by the Christie administration through an Open Public Records Act request pertaining to the governor’s decision to halt construction of the new commuter rail tunnel under the Hudson River:
“I have just one question for Governor Christie: Where are the documents supporting your cost overrun claims?
“The documents we received from the administration at the eleventh hour repeatedly and explicitly state that the project remains within budget. Unless the federal government has documents stating otherwise, the documents the Governor provided lend no merit to his claims that this project could run upwards of $5 billion over budget.
“The Governor owes it to the people of this state to show us the documents that support his cost overrun claims.
“This decision highlights the fact that the needs of our state are secondary to the Governor’s national political ambitions. This project has been supported by a Nobel Prize winning economist, the federal government, and governors from both political parties going back several decades. Yet the Governor has unilaterally decided it is inconsequential to the long-term future of our economy and our infrastructure.
“So again we ask: Where are the overruns?”