WISNIEWSKI: CHRISTIE KNOWLEDGE OF FEDERAL HUDSON RAIL TUNNEL OVERRUN ESTIMATES ‘DISTURBING’

(TRENTON) — Assembly Transportation, Public Works and Independent Authority Chairman John S. Wisniewski (D-Middlesex) issued the following statement Thursday on reports that Gov. Christie knew for nearly two weeks that the federal overrun estimates for the new Hudson River commuter rail tunnel were no more than $1 billion:

“The reports that indicate Gov. Christie knew the cost overruns for the tunnel project were no more than $1 billion, even as he continued to cling to blatantly inflated figures, are disturbing.

“These reports, coupled with October 5 NJ Transit status memo that showed the tunnel project was on budget at the $8.7 billion mark, raise serious questions about the governor’s credibility and motive on this key transportation issue.

“Gov. Christie’s lack of leadership on transportation issues important to New Jerseyans is extremely disappointing.

“As I have said time and again, true leadership is about finding workable solutions to the tough issues facing our state, not throwing in the towel at the first sign of adversity.

“In light of this, it is my hope that the governor commits to getting this vital transportation project back online and moving forward for the benefit of New Jersey’s future.”