New York Sen. Chuck Schumer is criticizing New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie for canceling a tunnel project that would have allowed more commuter trains between New York City and the Garden State.
Schumer, a Democrat, called it "terrible, terrible decision.'' He's urging Christie, a Republican, to reconsider.
Christie announced in October he would halt the Trans-Hudson Passenger Rail Tunnel, even though construction was already under way. He said the project's costs were skyrocketing and that his cash-strapped state couldn't afford it.
Schumer said the rail project is essential to help the region grow and thrive.
He's urging the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to reject Christie's effort to divert $1.8 billion in funds dedicated to the rail project to repairing roads and bridges instead.
Published at 1:46 PM EST on Jan 18, 2011 | Updated at 2:00 PM EST on Jan 18, 2011
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