Michael Bloomberg was in rare form this morning at the Crain’s business breakfast in midtown, where the mayor lashed out at two of his least favorite entities: Anthony Weiner and reporters.
In response to Weiner‘s assertion that the mayor’s congestion pricing plan would lead to reduced federal aid for transportation, Bloomberg said:
“I have nothing against any one congressman [but] that is one of the stupider things I’ve ever heard said. Forget the fact that he’s one of the congressmen who’s supposed to get the money for us. The Democrats control—his party controls Congress—what’s he talking about? Number two, by that argument, we should cut all the taxes, which some people would like, and then just sit here and wait to give us all the money back. Are you kidding? It’s insanity.”
And later, when asked about David Paterson’s—so far—noncommittal position on congestion pricing, Bloomberg said, “It’s a question you should address to him, and maybe it’s a more appropriate question to ask than the questions the press has been asking.”
Eliot Brown has more here.