For anyone wondering what you’ll get if you elect Republicans this November, look no further:
Governor Chris Christie today announced he would cancel the Access to the Region’s Core tunnel project – the largest public transit project underway in the nation – citing potential cost overrun concerns.
The decision casts a dark shadow over the economic future of New Jersey. The State will lose out on an astonishing $6 billion matching contributions from the federal government and Port Authority. The tunnel would have opened New Jerseyans’ access to Manhattan’s lucrative job market, raised tax revenues for the state and local governments, boosted property values, provided a more reliable and faster commute to hundreds of thousands of NJ TRANSIT commuters and drivers, and saved on greenhouse gas emissions.
By the way, Chris Christie has a number of things in common with Bob McDonnell. For instance, both were endorsed by Sarah Barracuda. Both were introduced by (now disgraced, now former) SC governor Mark Sanford in early 2009 (see photo above). Christie screwed up and lost federal “Race to the Top” money, while McDonnell simply withdrew Virginia completely from the program. Both are presiding over the disintegration of their states’ transportation infrastructures (McDonnell has no plan, other than an absurd, gimmicky, 1-time sell-off of the state’s ABC stores). And both have national ambitions. This, my friends, is today’s Republican Party, and possibly its future. The horror, the horror.