A suit over the tunnel

Rather than be so quick to hire a D.C. law firm and file suit over the federal government’s demand that the state pay back $271 million relative to the failed tunnel project, why doesn’t the state give its federal representatives time to talk about the matter with the feds.

A protracted suit could be a money pit of its own.


About fsnowflack
Fred Snowflack was editorial page editor and a political columnist for the Daily Record of Morristown for almost 12 years. He has won numerous awards for editorial and column writing from the New Jersey Press Association and has written a blog on county and state politics for the last three years. He lives in Ledgewood in Morris County.

9 Responses to A suit over the tunnel

  1. D G says:

    it would be a completely valid point mr.snowflack . . but the bottom line is no matter what Gov. Christie saves the state alot of money considering we all know how federal projects go over budget almost every single time often by 50% or more . . and NJ would have been on the hook for it . . I used to read your paper every day . . or at least pay for it . . but your one sided reporting has really become pathetic . . maybe the editors should relize that the decline in the daily sale of papers is because reporting should be impartial . . not leaning one way or the other almost every single time . . . thats not reporting is a political stance . . .

  2. P says:

    Do you really think that Lautenberg and Menendez want to help with this? I’d bet a million dollars to your one that they were the ones who insisted that the Feds demand their money back RIghtNow.

    The state will need an attorney to get the demand delayed until a trial or arbitration hearing can be set up, or if they so desire, our two esteemed Senators finally earn their pay and stick up for NJ.

  3. OK D.G — Take this challenge …
    Show me one recent case of alleged one-sided reporting.in our blessed newspaper — ….
    It has been my experience that those who complain about one-sided reporting are those that want only their side reported.

  4. I wish I had a million dollars to bet you P …. Lautenberg is working to get the number reduced; But a suit would make those efforts moot.

  5. P says:

    Actually, it wouldn’t. The Feds can withdraw their payment demand at any time, in which case NJ’s lawsuit would be moot. On the other hand, if Lautenberg really isn’t working that hard, or isn’t effective, then NJ’s only options are to pay (I think our check would bounce), or sue.

  6. Bob Grant says:

    Fred, we know one thing for certain and that is the initials D G do not stand for Dan Grant, my saintly brother.

  7. P says:

    P.S. Reread my original post. You only needed a dollar. 😉

  8. Bob Grant says:

    Fred, one of the problems with this Governor is that he doesn’t “talk” to anyone, he issues orders. Trying to order our US Senators around is not a productive enterprize. Our dear Governor seems to have forgotten that politics is the art of the possible with compromise a key ingredient.

  9. P says:

    If all he does is “order” people around, I wonder how he closed this deal – http://www.dailyrecord.com/article/20101203/UPDATES01/101203043/-1/UPDATES0101/Christie-makes-deal-on-medical-marijuana-regulation-

    On the other hand, when the governor of NY suggests that money from the Port Authority should be used to fix/replace a bridge that is wholly within that state’s borders, I have no problem with the governor teeing off and telling Paterson where to go http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2010/12/christie_fires_back_at_gov_pat.html Where was NY when we needed money for a tunnel that served both states??!!

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