FILE - In this Oct. 19, 2010 file photo, a large rusty metal wall is seen in North Bergen, N.J., covering construction at the ARC Tunnel. The fate of the biggest public works project in the country _ a $9 billion-plus rail tunnel under the Hudson River _ appears to be sealed after officials said New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie was standing firm on his decision to kill it. (AP Photo/Mel Evans, File)
The administration of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has found a law firm to challenge a $271 million tab the federal government says the state owes for a canceled rail tunnel.
Christie said Thursday that he has approved the selection of the Washington, D.C. firm of Patton Boggs. New Jersey Transit, which oversaw the New Jersey-to-New York tunnel project that Christie spiked in October, could ratify a contract with the firm at its Dec. 9 meeting.
Christie's office said Wednesday the state would challenge the Federal Transit Administration's bill for money already spent on the project. The Nov. 24 bill seeks payment within 30 days.
The governor's office says the FTA has not demanded repayment for other projects that have been stopped.