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Christie 1, Schumer 0
NY Post ^ | January 23, 2011 | Editorial

Posted on 01/23/2011 2:58:18 AM PST by Scanian

Sen. Chuck Schumer last week lit into New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie for pulling the plug on that $8.7 billion trans-Hudson rail tunnel.

“A terrible, terrible decision,” Schumer told a Crain’s breakfast.

Schumer being Schumer, of course, he sees in Christie’s decision the coming of a national apocalypse — a “turning point,” he said, that historians will one day look back on as the day when we “stopped looking toward the future.”

Hyperbole, thy name is Chuck Schumer.

Fortunately, Chris Christie is not one to be intimidated, even by so formidable a presence as Chuck Schumer’s — and, even more fortunately, he can give as good as he gets.

Back when the governor called a halt to the project, he cited the fact that its cost had already swelled to $11 billion and counting — with his state on the hook for $2.7 billion, plus 50% of any cost overruns.

That would hike Jersey’s liability to more than $5 billion — money the troubled Garden State simply doesn’t have.

In response to Schumer, Christie noted the difference between a governor and a senator. “Their job is easy,” he said of lawmakers like Schumer. “They get to sit in front of microphones and bloviate. I’ve got to balance budgets.”

Asking where the money would come from, Christie added: “If [Schumer] wants to offer me $5 billion, then maybe we can have a conversation.

“Until then,” said the governor, “he should mind his manners on the other side of the Hudson River.”

Ouch — but point very well taken.

Senators — especially Democratic senators — love to go on about huge projects and the jobs they’d create.

But when it comes to explaining how to pay for them, they grow silent.

(Excerpt) Read more at nypost.com ...


TOPICS: Government; News/Current Events; US: New Jersey; US: New York
KEYWORDS: senators; spending; tunnel; turningpoint
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1 posted on 01/23/2011 2:58:25 AM PST by Scanian
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To: Scanian

Fix your link, please!


2 posted on 01/23/2011 3:11:38 AM PST by Ronin ("Dismantle the TSA and send the screeners back to Wal-Mart.")
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To: Ronin

http://www.nypost.com/p/news/opinion/editorials/christie_schumer_AGMSC5YUe8Oqdy3Q28U7UP


3 posted on 01/23/2011 3:14:44 AM PST by Scanian
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To: Scanian

So Christie is saying it’s ok if the feds (schumer) give NJ the $5 billion for the project then he will talk. Pork is pork no matter who pays for it but since this is something that benefits both states it shouldn’t come out of my pocket. Everytime the big boy keeps yapping it’s exposed that he is no conservative.


4 posted on 01/23/2011 3:38:39 AM PST by Abbeville Conservative (Sarah Palin, the only cure for the RINO virus.)
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To: Abbeville Conservative

Boy, that went right over your head, didn’t it?


5 posted on 01/23/2011 3:42:02 AM PST by McGavin999 ("I was there when we had the numbers, but didn't have the principles"-Jim DeMint)
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To: McGavin999
Boy, that went right over your head, didn’t it?

Much better than I would have said it.

6 posted on 01/23/2011 4:06:30 AM PST by Pusterfuss (Psalm 109:8)
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To: McGavin999

No because he has made comments in the past about getting federal money for the project rather than state. The fact this could be either Schumer’s personal money or the feds, you can read it either way since he has elluded to the latter previously, is a moot point. Big boy wants someone else to pay for it and so long as it’s not his state he doesn’t care.


7 posted on 01/23/2011 4:07:47 AM PST by Abbeville Conservative (Sarah Palin, the only cure for the RINO virus.)
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To: McGavin999

No because he has made comments in the past about getting federal money for the project rather than state. The fact this could be either Schumer’s personal money or the feds, you can read it either way since he has elluded to the latter previously, is a moot point. Big boy wants someone else to pay for it and so long as it’s not his state he doesn’t care.


8 posted on 01/23/2011 4:07:52 AM PST by Abbeville Conservative (Sarah Palin, the only cure for the RINO virus.)
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To: McGavin999

http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2010/10/nj_gov_christie_to_cancel_huds.html


9 posted on 01/23/2011 4:10:00 AM PST by Abbeville Conservative (Sarah Palin, the only cure for the RINO virus.)
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To: Pusterfuss

http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2010/10/nj_gov_christie_to_cancel_huds.html


10 posted on 01/23/2011 4:10:48 AM PST by Abbeville Conservative (Sarah Palin, the only cure for the RINO virus.)
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To: Abbeville Conservative

So what? Geeze, you’re stuck in a hole. You have absolutely no sense of humor, things fly right over your head, are you sure you are on the right board?


11 posted on 01/23/2011 4:28:01 AM PST by McGavin999 ("I was there when we had the numbers, but didn't have the principles"-Jim DeMint)
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To: Abbeville Conservative

So what? Geeze, you’re stuck in a hole. You have absolutely no sense of humor, things fly right over your head, are you sure you are on the right board?


12 posted on 01/23/2011 4:28:07 AM PST by McGavin999 ("I was there when we had the numbers, but didn't have the principles"-Jim DeMint)
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To: Scanian

Christie 1, Schumer 0

Slam dunk


13 posted on 01/23/2011 4:54:28 AM PST by samtheman
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To: Scanian

I lived in Mass. for 12 Years.
Doesn’t anyone remember BOSTON’S BIG DIG Fiasco.
Big fat Ted the swimmer was behind it.
It’s still going, Never finished.


14 posted on 01/23/2011 5:03:19 AM PST by chatham
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To: Abbeville Conservative
No because he has made comments in the past about getting federal money for the project rather than state.

Duh. Christie is not responsible for the federal budget, so if they want to give him money for this project, he will accept it.

Christie is looking out for New Jersey's interests.

15 posted on 01/23/2011 5:11:17 AM PST by Erik Latranyi (Too many conservatives urge retreat when the war of politics doesn't go their way.)
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To: McGavin999

Chrisitie is a RINO. He talks a good game but then supports guys like Castle. You’re the one stuck in a hole.


16 posted on 01/23/2011 5:22:57 AM PST by Abbeville Conservative (Sarah Palin, the only cure for the RINO virus.)
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To: Erik Latranyi

So I’m supposed to subsidize his fat ass and the people of NJ. I don’t think so.


17 posted on 01/23/2011 5:24:38 AM PST by Abbeville Conservative (Sarah Palin, the only cure for the RINO virus.)
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To: chatham

The big dig was a boondoggle that this entire nation helped subsidize. If Chrisite was a real conservative he would say no federal or state money that comes out of the American tax payer’s walllets is going to pay for another one of these messes. Of course he says if the feds kick in more money he would consider it.


18 posted on 01/23/2011 5:27:26 AM PST by Abbeville Conservative (Sarah Palin, the only cure for the RINO virus.)
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To: Abbeville Conservative

What does that have to do with putting Schumer in his place? The guy is accomplishing great things, just because he doesn’t share what you think is important doesn’t mean he isn’t doing a great job. Grow up.


19 posted on 01/23/2011 5:28:28 AM PST by McGavin999 ("I was there when we had the numbers, but didn't have the principles"-Jim DeMint)
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To: McGavin999

What great things?


20 posted on 01/23/2011 5:29:41 AM PST by Abbeville Conservative (Sarah Palin, the only cure for the RINO virus.)
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