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Christie Agrees to Two-Week Study of Hudson Tunnel

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie agreed after meeting U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood to a study of options that he said might save a commuter rail tunnel, a day after canceling the project because of its cost.

The project’s wind-down will continue during the two-week review, Kevin Roberts, a Christie spokesman, said today in an e-mail. The tunnel to Manhattan initially expected to cost $8.7 billion is still “not financially viable and is expected to dramatically exceed its current budget,” the governor said in a statement.