As rail woes per­sist, Christie mum on tun­nel project he axed

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NEWARK | Re­cent train dis­rup­tions in New York have fo­cused at­ten­tion on a rail tun­nel project shut down by New Jer­sey Gov. Chris Christie in 2010 that would have been nearing com­ple­tion now.

The Repub­li­can gov­er­nor didn’t an­swer ques­tions on the mat­ter at a news con­fer­ence Wed­nes­day to urge more fed­eral fund­ing for a new tun­nel. Demo­cratic Sen. Cory Booker bris­tled that it’s past time to as­sign blame.

Mr. Christie killed the orig­i­nal project over cost in­crease con­cerns. The project would have added a sec­ond tun­nel be­tween New York and New Jer­sey to aug­ment a 110-year-old tun­nel.

North­east Cor­ri­dor com­muters have en­dured two de­rail­ments and other de­lays in re­cent weeks.

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