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Lautenberg's Last-Minute Pitch: Port Authority Should Pay for Cost Overruns on ARC

Tuesday, October 05, 2010 - 06:42 PM

NJ US Senator Frank Lautenberg is making a last-minute pitch: he wants the Port Authority to guarantee to pay for any cost overruns on the ARC tunnel, thereby taking NJ off the hook. It's a bit of a Hail Mary -- and complex, because Governor Chris Christie controls half the Port Authority. (Paterson hasn't made a position on ARC clear, and the Democratic Candidate, Andrew Cuomo, says he hasn't taken one yet.)

Here's the letter.

Letter to Coscia and Baroni PANYNJ

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Comments [2]

Peter Talbot

Lautenberg is amazing. Tax or toll and spend is easy for an octogenarian totally unfeeling for the children that will have to pick up the tab for this: this guy is the King of Democratic Pork: Harry Reid doesn't hold a candle to Frank. Every piece of legislation he proposes is simply leverage for some expenditure with no metrics for performance or viability as a project, and most of them are proposed as leverage in unrelated deals that often magically benefit him or his cronies personally.

Lautenberg and Menendez both need to go: demogogues with their hands in everyone's pockets and no sense of practical responsibility.

PATH itself has become a boondoggle, protecting both NJ and NY from any hard infrastructure choices but nearly unaccountable for expenditures.

Here's hoping Frank is in his last term.

Oct. 06 2010 11:02 AM
Rob B.

Oh, and Christie should inform NJ residents who live near rail stations that their house values just dropped 20%. NY houses near rail just increased a comparable amount. Who knew a NJ governor would be so good for a NY resident?

Oct. 05 2010 10:05 PM

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