01/18/2011 12:55 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Chuck Schumer SLAMS Chris Christie's Plan To Cancel Tunnel

Sen. Chuck Schumer derided New Jersey Governor Chris Christie's decision to stop construction of a commuter rail tunnel under the Hudson River.

From the New York Times:

In a speech in Manhattan on Tuesday morning, Mr. Schumer, a Democrat, said he was pleading with commissioners of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to reject Mr. Christie's request for $1.8 billion for local infrastructure projects. He also called on Mr. Christie, a Republican, to reconsider his decision to scrap the Trans-Hudson Passenger Rail Tunnel, known as the ARC tunnel, which had received commitments of $6 billion from the Port Authority and the federal government.

"I believe pulling the plug on [the tunnel project] was a terrible, terrible decision," Schumer said. "In essence, the governor wants the Port Authority to help fill his budget gap."

New York's senior Senator also said treating the Port Authority like a "bank of last resort" would be "the end of the agency as we know it."

New York's new governor, Andrew Cuomo, with whom Christie shares control of the Port Authority, has not publicly commented on Christie's plan for using the money.