Approximately $800,000 spent on legal counsel so far in ARC repayment battle

TRENTON – The state has spent nearly $800,000 on outside counsel regarding its legal battle over repaying money to the

TRENTON – The state has spent nearly $800,000 on outside counsel regarding its legal battle over repaying money to the federal government over the Access to the Region’s Core Tunnel project.

Attorney General Paula Dow told Assemblyman John Burzichelli, (D-3), West Deptford, that the figure sounded right after he asked her about it Thursday.

The Department of Transportation has demanded that New Jersey pay it back $271 million for cancelling the tunnel project last year. Gov. Chris Christie said the state lacks funds to pay for the project and didn’t want to be on the hook for cost overruns.

Dow told the Assembly Budget Committee that the administration has spent approximately $800,000 so far in its battle to avoid repayment.

Although the entire N.J. congressional delegation went on record opposing Washington’s efforts to reclaim the money DOT has been adamant about repayment.  The Christie administration this week said it will go to court to continue its fight against repayment.

  Approximately $800,000 spent on legal counsel so far in ARC repayment battle