The Politicker got its hands on a letter signed by the entire New York congressional delegation telling New Jersey governor Jon Corzine to keep his hands off Ground Zero.
Corzine, of course, has power at Ground Zero through the bistate Port Authority, which owns the site.
Here he is talking about the Freedom Tower:
But we’re also interested in whether this show of strength by the congressional delegation doesn’t have other effects–intended or unintended.
For instance, Gov. Pataki will need the support of Corzine and the Port to get other stuff–like the rail link from downtown to JFK–on track before he leaves office. As Matthew Schuerman noted in an article for us last May,
[...] Publicly, he’s optimistic about funding the project. But privately, he finds himself breaking a sweat trying to get the money from hostile fellow party members in Washington, and in the Port Authority’s powerful New Jersey contingent.
That was a different Jersey governor, of course; one who seldom showed any interest in the goings-on at Ground Zero …
- Tom McGeveran