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Assembly Speaker Sheila Y. Oliver (D-Essex/Passaic) released the following statement on Monday on the upcoming two-week effort between U.S. Transportation Secretary LaHood and the Christie administration to keep the new Hudson River commuter rail tunnel project moving forward:

“I urge Gov. Christie to use the next two weeks constructively doing what’s best for New Jersey.

“Much of New Jersey’s economic future depends on completing this project. It will provide 6,000 construction jobs. It will give New Jerseyans access to more jobs. It will generate billions in economic activity. It will take cars off our highways. It will help clean our air.

“It’s too valuable to give up on without a real effort to solve the problems facing it.

“Too often lately we have seen the politics of confrontation upstage the greater good of working together and finding solutions to problems. New Jerseyans deserve better. It’s time they got it.

“I expect the administration to come to the table with Secretary LaHood with an open mind and a willingness to get this project moving forward again. Anything less will put New Jersey’s economic future at risk.”