NJ Governor Agrees to Reconsider Tunnel Cancellation

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood says New Jersey's governor has agreed to take the next two weeks to rethink his decision to cancel a massive NJ-NY rail tunnel project.

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie
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New Jersey Governor Chris Christie

LaHood met with Christie for nearly an hour at the New Jersey Statehouse on Friday. LaHood issued a statement shortly afterward saying that the Republican governor has agreed to review options for the tunnel into Manhattan.

LaHood says a small group of U.S. and New Jersey transportation officials will review the options and report back to Christie within two weeks.

Christie canceled the project Thursday over escalating costs, which he said New Jerseyans could not afford. He had earlier halted work on the already under-construction project to review it.