The Irony Supertrain

NYTimes editorial:

[NJ Governor] Chris Christie canceled [a Hudson River tunnel project] last year, costing his state $3 billion in federal funds. After making that terrible mistake, Mr. Christie now says he wants $570 million in funds to replace another choke point for the Acela — the 100-year-old Portal Bridge across the Hackensack River. He is even willing to put up $150 million of state money, since the bridge is also used by New Jersey commuter trains. In his letter asking for federal funds, he lamented that the bridge, which swings open for river traffic, is “beyond its useful life” and delays trains. That’s rich coming from the man who canceled a project that was vital to ending train delays in the future.

There are many requests, even one from Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin, a Republican who earlier rejected $810 million of these funds. Now he wants $150 million for a modest rail project between Milwaukee and Chicago.

Is the Tea Party ok with this?

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    The tea party (5.00 / 1) (#1)
    by Ga6thDem on Thu Apr 21, 2011 at 07:48:49 AM EST
    is a bunch of fools. I've been having an email debate with one of them this week and I can tell you that they do not have the facts and I would like to thank you and Jeralyn for dealing with facts because it has made me a MUCH sharper debater.

    More important (none / 0) (#2)
    by Harry Saxon on Thu Apr 21, 2011 at 08:24:20 AM EST
    1:  What do the people of East Alabama think about this?


    2:Shouldn't they have a say in the matter?

    You Mean the Republican Party, Right ? (none / 0) (#3)
    by ScottW714 on Thu Apr 21, 2011 at 08:51:04 AM EST
    Is the Tea Party ok with this?

    Please, I think you meant 'Are the Palin Republican's down wit dat ?'  They won't know until their fearless leader tells them what to think and then the Ronny Rule kicks in about speaking badly of other republicans.

    Pretty sure the one faction of the republican party is down with the other faction including the multitude of republican governors begging for Federal funds to help with Tornado and Wildfire Damage.

    I heard the governor from North Carolina on Monday insisting that Federal Funds should have been sent like yesterday.  And my shinning star, Rick Pretty of Texas, is out there calling the million burned acres a Federal disaster area, even though it's not.

    I would love for Obama to say, 'Sorry Charlie, your instance on lower taxes has left the fund to help rebuild you state empty'.  Just kidding, people are in need and unlike certain other people, I would never seriously suggesting using human lives as political props.  We should just raise their Federal Tax Rate, like insurance, they file a claim, their taxes go up, or they pay for their own rebuilding, the choice is theirs.

    Sorry, I didn't mean to stay so far from the topic at hand.

    Boondoggles ... (none / 0) (#4)
    by Robot Porter on Thu Apr 21, 2011 at 09:21:48 AM EST
    anyway you slice it.

    snark aside, (none / 0) (#5)
    by diogenes on Fri Apr 22, 2011 at 10:47:57 PM EST
    So Christie wants federal money for a useful project and doesn't want federal money for what he thinks is a boondoggle.  Much better than those who simply want federal money because it is "free".