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Senator Schumer Blasts Christie on ARC
Tuesday, January 18, 2011 - 11:16 AM
New York U.S. Senator Charles Schumer is calling NJ Governor Chris Christie's decision to cancel the ARC tunnel a "terrible, terrible decision...By not completing the ARC tunnel, we are sacrificing the region's growth for the exigencies of the moment."
Schumer's remarks came at a Crain's New York Business breakfast forum, a venue politicians often choose to make pithy remarks about regional policy. Schumer has so far been restrained in his public comments on ARC -- expressing disappointment with Gov. Christie's decision, but not taking him on directly.
But today Schumer went all out. Governor Christie's proposal to use $1.8 billion of ARC money for other projects, he said, "compounds one mistake with another."
And Schumer pooh-poohed Mayor Bloomberg's plan to extend the number 7 line to Secaucus. "Let's be honest - this is Mayor Bloomberg taking lemons and trying to make a little lemonade."
We'll have more on this story later today. You can read his prepared remarks here or below.
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