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Tue Apr 10, 2012, 10:24 AM

Christie's problems worsen in New Jersey

Christie's problems worsen in New Jersey

By Steve Benen

April is proving to be an unusually unkind month for New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R).

First, Newark's Star-Ledger ran a lengthy, detailed report documenting the extent to which the governor's legislative proposals, executive orders, and agency rules were written, at times word for word, by the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), a shadowy far-right group that seeks to impose a conservative agenda in state legislatures.

Then, the New York Times helped shine a light on Christie's corporate welfare practices, in which the governor is handing out lucrative tax credits to preferred in-state corporations.

Today's revelations, meanwhile, may be the most controversial to date.

Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey exaggerated when he declared that unforeseen costs to the state were forcing him to cancel the new train tunnel planned to relieve congested routes across the Hudson River, according to a long-awaited report by independent Congressional investigators.

The report by the Government Accountability Office, to be released this week, found that while Mr. Christie said that state transportation officials had revised cost estimates for the tunnel to at least $11 billion and potentially more than $14 billion, the range of estimates had in fact remained unchanged in the two years before he announced in 2010 that he was shutting down the project. And state transportation officials, the report says, had said the cost would be no more than $10 billion.

Mr. Christie also misstated New Jersey's share of the costs: he said the state would pay 70 percent of the project; the report found that New Jersey was paying 14.4 percent. And while the governor said that an agreement with the federal government would require the state to pay all cost overruns, the report found that there was no final agreement, and that the federal government had made several offers to share those costs.

Even at the time, Christie's decision on this project in 2010 was hard to understand. Conservatives, who've become increasingly hostile towards American infrastructure improvements, cheered the move, but from a substantive perspective, the governor's decision was fairly characterized as "destructive and incredibly foolish."

But this new report casts that decision in an even more damaging light. The Government Accountability Office is a non-partisan research/audit arm of Congress, and it's reporting this week that Christie's rationale for his strange decision wasn't even true. It was a mistake to scrap a major public works project during a weak economy; it was a bigger mistake to explain the move with dishonest claims.

Also note, this didn't just hurt New Jersey -- the project was intended to alleviate congestion between Boston and Washington, D.C.

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http://maddowblog.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/04/10/11118304-christies-problems-worsen-in-new-jersey

Lying to kill a major economic development and infrastructure inprovement project, Christie will likely try to yell his way out of this.



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tallahasseedem Apr 2012 #2
yellowcanine Apr 2012 #3
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southernyankeebelle Apr 2012 #5
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Response to ProSense (Original post)

Tue Apr 10, 2012, 10:37 AM

1. Would love to see what the Thuganator

is going to do now.

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Response to ProSense (Original post)

Tue Apr 10, 2012, 10:40 AM

2. It will be interesting to see...

how he tries to get away with this. Unfortunately, I see him being able to...hopefully I'm proven wrong!

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Response to ProSense (Original post)

Tue Apr 10, 2012, 11:06 AM

3. Maybe Mitt will do a Deus ex machina and rescue him - and N.J.

Of course he probably would not step down so never mind.

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Response to yellowcanine (Reply #3)

Tue Apr 10, 2012, 12:27 PM

4. Governor Flintstone is pretty much hated by everyone I know here in NJ,

even by Republicans, who tend to be moderates in this state. There is a definite right wing fringe that loves him, but most citizens of NJ would probably cheer if he left to become the Mittster's VP candidate. He would lose the election and then we'd be rid of him early. I'm pretty sure he'd lose re-election as governor, unless his buddies the Koch brothers rode to his rescue with a suitcase full of money.

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Response to ProSense (Original post)

Tue Apr 10, 2012, 01:22 PM

5. When is he up for reelection? What are his chances for reelection anyone know?

 

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Response to ProSense (Original post)

Tue Apr 10, 2012, 01:26 PM

6. Way good selection for Governor, N.J!!!!!

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