N.J. Gov. Christie To Pull Plug on Hudson River Tunnel Project

(NJ.com) Chris Christie and one of his top transportation officials were speaking at separate events in different parts of the state today, but were reading off the same playbook.

Statements today from Christie in Trenton and NJ Transit executive director Jim Weinstein in Westfield cast doubt on New Jersey’s ability to afford America’s largest public works project.

And barring a last-minute Hail Mary pass, Christie on Friday will pull the plug — again — on the multi-billion dollar Hudson River train tunnel.

Christie said he was comfortable walking away from the project unless the federal government finds another source of money to cover cost overruns on the Access to the Region’s Core (ARC) project, which is projected by Christie’s advisers to cost $2.3 billion to $5.3 billion more than the original $8.7 billion price tag.