ARC Tunnel – Justified Cut?

So, the blogs have been  covering New Jersey Governor’s Christie goal to shut down the ARC tunnel project. As many of you know — and as has been covered before on this blog — the ARC tunnel would have provided another much needed connection between New Jersey and New York .

I think we can all understand the stressful situation that states are in regarding fiscal affairs. But is this a cut that is worth making? Andrew Samwick doesn’t think so:

There are plenty of ways to waste money through public investment.  This just doesn’t happen to be one of those instances.  It was to avoid the temptation to waste money in the name of a perceived need to stimulate the economy that I wrote this and followed it up with this.  In the latter, I suggested that we establish a prioritized list of capital projects, so that we were ready to implement them as slack appeared in the economy.  Careful planning is the defense against waste, regardless of what you buy with the money.

I strongly suggest on reading the full article, as it links to a great Economist piece and other blogs.

So, is this a justified cut?

About Beata Bujalska

Beata Bujalska is the former Campaign Coordinator for Renew Lehigh Valley. She currently lives in Panama, a place that fascinates her due to (among other reasons) its recent development boom.

Posted on October 7, 2010, in Public Infrastructure, Transportation and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Don’t expect logic or prudent planning from Christie, a man who misused his office as U.S. Attorney for political ends.

    If you want more info on the extent of his corrupt practices, see the article by Andrew Kreig, director of the Justice Integrity Project — The article is at:

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