Governor Christie Lies

The ARC Tunnel

“Bridgegate”, as it has come to be known, is not the only time Governor Christie was embroiled in a transport-related scandal, and might not be his most damaging decision on the traffic situation in New Jersey. In fact, that decision could well be one he made in 2010 – lying to have the ARC tunnel project shut down.
The project was christened Access to the Region’s Core, and had been in discussions for over 15 years. 400,000 people a day make the trip in from New Jersey to New York City, and traffic congestion is notoriously bad. The project was to build a tunnel rail under the Hudson River from New Jersey to New York City to relieve traffic problems and help provide needed infrastructure during natural disasters such as Hurricane Sandy. It would additionally have increased property values by an estimated $18 billion, and brought $50 billion worth of wages into the state of New Jersey. But after the Department of Transportation had already spent $270 million on the long-planned project, Governor Christie ordered a pause, and a month later, shut the entire project down, claiming it was wasteful spending – and refused to return the money the Department of Transportation had already allocated towards it.
But did he lie about it? Governor Christie stated that the project was going to cost $14 billion dollars, and that the state of New Jersey would be on the hook for %70 of the costs, a figure he said was financially irresponsible. However, in April 2012, the non-partisan Government Accountability Office said that any estimate for the project’s cost would have been between 9 and 12 billion, and that the state of New Jersey would only have had to pay 14 percent – as opposed to Christie’s stated figure of 70 percent.
But why lie? Why was it so important Christie shut down the project in the first place? Two reasons: The Transportation Trust Fund, and the Republican candidacy for President. The Transportation Trust Fund was a fund set up to fix the roads of New Jersey, and was about to go bankrupt unless Governor Christie either hiked up gas taxes or found the money elsewhere. By destroying the ARC tunnel project, Christie avoided the tax hikes he promised not to put in place, and used the tunnel money to fund the TTF. More importantly, for Christie, he gained public credibility as a staunch fiscal conservative, garnering national attention and the interest of the GOP as a potential presidential candidate. Unfortunately for the people of New Jersey, Governor Christie’s actions had nothing to do with their best interests, and everything to do with his own.

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