Christie delays decision on tunnel

TRENTON - Gov. Chris Christie (R - N.J.) will take at least the weekend to decide whether to continue the biggest public works project under way in the country.

Christie communications director Maria Comella tells the Associated Press that the governor will receive recommendations from key federal and state transportation officials today and consider them through the weekend. Christie may also consult with others before making a decision.

Three government officials have reportedly said the estimated cost of the tunnel is $4 billion less than the worst-case estimate Christie cited when he killed the project.

Earlier this week, supporters showed up at the statehouse in Trenton to deliver hundreds of signatures to the governor's office. The names, in support of the project, were collected over one hour, spent at five different train stations in New Jersey.

AP wire services contributed to this report.

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