Chris Christie is a Lying Liar

Shortly after taking office New Jersey Governor Chris Christie canceled a tunnel project, which was the largest public works project in the nation, that would connect New Jersey and New York and relieve congestion on other routes.

Christie’s rationale for canceling the project was that is simply cost too much, and that it was a “bad deal” for New Jersey, but according to The New York Times, a new report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) says that Christie made all of that up.

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. [...]

Shutting down the tunnel project extinguished the best hope to relieve the increasing congestion not only between New Jersey and Manhattan, but also along the popular high-speed route between Boston and Washington. Now, Amtrak and New Jersey trains share two 100-year-old single-track tunnels under the Hudson. As the report notes, those tracks now operate at capacity, and demand for mass transit between New Jersey and Manhattan is expected to grow 38 percent by 2030.

Because Chris Christie was more concerned about his image as a spending hawk rather than desperately needed infrastructure improvements, he put the livelihoods and possibly even the lives of New Jersey residents at risk.

A future administration could revive the tunnel project, but it will inevitably be more expensive to build in 2014 than it was in 2010.

Remember this the next time Christie gets red-faced, throws a tantrum, and calls someone in his audience an idiot.

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  • http://twitter.com/themattmcd Matt McDaniel

    Why take a train when you can just have the taxpayers provide you with a helicopter?

  • http://www.osborneink.com OsborneInk

    Christie is going to leave office much less popular than he is now. The real extent of his damage will take years to appreciate fully.

  • http://doran.pacifist.net/ Doran

    And yet, what damage will this do among his followers, or the media which fawn over him? Nothing. The wingers will say the GAO is lying/politicized and the media will continue on about his “tough talk” and his battles against big spending, regardless of what the report says . Besides they’re much more interested in the Strawman du jour than calling out any lying politician.

    • D_C_Wilson

      Calling a lie a lie would be evidence of liberal bias. And we all know that if there’s one thing the media is scared shitless of, it’s being accused of having a liberal bias

  • GrafZeppelin127

    One thing that people forget when they complain that “government spending” is invariably and unequivocally bad no matter what it is or what it’s for, or when they complain about the cost of this or that, is that when the government “spends” money we typically get things for it. And the converse, of course, is that if we want to get things, we have to spend money in order to pay for them. The health care law is a good (and obvious) example, and the Iraq war is a good (and obvious) counter-example. Those who complain about the ACA’s cost simply ignore what we get for it; those who espoused the virtues of invading Iraq simply ignored the cost. In both cases, the issue is not simply the cost and not simply what we’re getting; it’s whether the latter is worth the former.

    This is one reason why GOP fans are so completely full of shit when they whine about “spending” and accuse Obama of “outspending Bush” by a factor of whatever; they can’t identify what he bought with all that money, let alone evaluate whether it was “worth it.” Look around; do you see a lot of new roads, bridges, tunnels, railroads, parks, airports, harbors, dams, power plants, schools, libraries, police stations, firehouses, courthouses, &c. being built? No. Do you see a lot of new public programs starting up? No. Do you see hordes of new federal employees taking jobs in new federal buildings? No. So what did Obama supposedly spend $5 trillion dollars on? Answer: All the shit Bush bought in 2001, 2002 and 2003. We’re still paying the Bush administration’s tab.

    It’s a clever strategy, really; freak out about your opponent’s “spending” while simultaneously accusing that opponent of not accomplishing anything, since you can’t do the latter without doing the former; and, where applicable, deride the latter as the former.

  • http://www.broadwaycarl.com Broadway Carl

    That fat fuck has been lying since he got here. And let’s not forget the $400 million federal education grant money HE blew by forcing his committee to redo the application just days before it was due because he didn’t want to deal with the teachers union deal they had struck. Then he tried to blame the Obama administration for omitted information that cost them the grant when his team was warned and had two weeks to supply the missing info. It never happened and his education secretary became the patsy. Fucking infuriating.

  • http://www.facebook.com/XrayAgent J Michael Carter

    Liar, liar; big, giant pants on fire.

  • http://mdblanche.myopenid.com/ mdblanche

    As a resident of a Northeastern state outside of the NYC area I say that from now on Amtrak trains should get priority in the tunnels over commuter trains.