STATE — The New Jersey Building Trades Council protested Gov. Chris Christie’s decision to kill the largest transportation project in the nation and with it, thousands of badly needed construction jobs.
The labor union coalition also disputed Christie’s assertion that creating jobs is secondary to funding the tunnel project because the project has great potential to stimulate economic growth in the region.
By canceling the ARC tunnel from Hudson County to Manhattan, Christie is turning down $6 billion from the federal government and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. Christie pulled the plug on the tunnel rather than pick up the remaining costs, estimated at $2.7 billion.
U.S. Sens. Frank Lautenberg and Robert Menendez joined several other ranking officials at a labor rally at the foot of the already-begun rail tunnel.
A union member in attendance said it is hard enough finding jobs without combating Republican elected officials who want to cripple the economy so they can take over Congress and the White House.
After Chrisite shut down the critical economic development project, a Tea Party straw poll showed him as the group’s pick for president.
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