I will protect your pensions. Nothing about your pension is going to change when I am governor. - Chris Christie, "An Open Letter to the Teachers of NJ" October, 2009

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Pitchfork Patrol

Pitchfork Bob's on another rant:
The feds say New Jersey owes them $271 million it gave us for that stupid train line from Xanadu to Macy’s basement. The one Gov. Christie killed. And, we’re supposed to pay up in 3o days. My goodness, they’ve managed to stretch that project out for 15 years and now they want money back in 30 days. Predictably, the partisan pols chimed in. “In cancelling the tunnel, Gov. Christie claimed he was standing up for the people of New Jersey and looking out for their financial well being,” said Assemblyman John Wisniewski who apparently has a problem with math.The governor cancelled the project because New Jersey residents were on the hook for cost overruns which were conservatively estimated to be between $2 billion and $5 billion. 
So, for Wisniewski, let’s say it in iddy bitty words and short sentences even he can understand — $271 million is a lot less than $5 billion.

Yeah, except even if the cost overruns (which were estimates anyway) came in, we'd still have a tunnel.

Now, we pay $271 million and get nothing.

And can we please drop the pretense of Bob Ingle being a "journalist"? Would anyone but a partisan hack write that last sentence?

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