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Bipartisan Support for NY-NJ Gateway Project; Aging Infrastructure an 'American Problem'

New Jersey’s Democratic Sen. Cory Booker and Republican Gov. Chris Christie participated in a press conference April 19 to express their support for the Gateway Project, an estimated $24 billion tunnel system under the Hudson River between New York City and New Jersey that would help ease congestion in the busy Northeast Corridor.

“We’re teetering every single day on the brink of truly a traffic Armageddon,” Booker said of the existing 100-year-old tunnels, which also sustained significant damage from Superstorm Sandy. Booker added that the aging infrastructure “is not just a New Jersey problem, not just a regional problem, but really an American problem.”

Christie, a former critic of the Gateway Project, said, “I’ve already spoken to the president about this. The president is well aware of my point of view on this project and I absolutely will continue to speak my mind on this, both publicly and privately.”

During the press conference, Booker called on DOT Secretary Elaine L. Chao to visit the area, repeating the request he and Sens. Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) sent in a letter earlier on April 19.

As you continue your work to develop the Trump administration’s $1 trillion infrastructure package, we urge you to consider the urgent need for major investments in our nation’s rail and transit infrastructure,” the senators wrote.

“[A] site visit, particularly one that allows you to witness the volume of passengers at peak travel times, will provide you detailed information about the status of the current infrastructure and the urgent need for federal investments in advancing the Gateway Project,” the letter stated.

DOT issued a statement reporting that Chao intended to visit some of the country’s “nationally significant infrastructure projects,” including the Gateway Project.
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