(TRENTON) – Assembly Transportation Chairman John Wisniewski (D-Middlesex) released the following statement Wednesday on Gov. Chris Christie’s decision to cancel the new commuter rail tunnel under the Hudson River:
“I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – this is a monumental failure of leadership by Gov. Christie.
“The governor was presented with several ways to solve his cost concerns, yet he obviously failed to give any of those options serious consideration because he had already made up his mind to cancel the project to take its funding and spend it elsewhere.
“This project would have provided 6,000 immediate jobs and untold economic development for generations. It would have reduced congestion on our roads and increased property values. The governor has tossed that potential aside, failed to articulate a reasonable alternative and delivered a brutal blow to New Jersey’s economic future.
“Sadly, this historically bad decision that will haunt New Jersey not just for today, but for decades.
“A responsible governor would have found a way to properly manage this project while also meeting other statewide transportation needs. Unfortunately, we don’t have a responsible governor”