It’s been more than six years since Gov. Chris Christie made the controversial decision to halt work on a major trans-Hudson rail-tunnel project that would have doubled capacity into Manhattan for New Jersey Transit commuters. At the time, he cited concerns about possible cost overruns.
But with Christie now in his final year in office, and still struggling to restore a reputation damaged by the George Washington Bridge lane-closure scandal and his controversial endorsement of President Donald Trump last year, the decision to cancel the tunnel project back in 2010 appears to be coming back to haunt the Republican governor.
Christie has drawn heavy fire from commuters on social media in recent weeks as a rash of train delays and derailments has brought new attention to the region’s failing, century-old mass-transit infrastructure. Yesterday the governor was also the target of a group of protesters who crashed a news conference that he attended at Newark Penn Station with U.S. Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) and other elected officials.