Christie to discuss transportation funding plan

(AP) - A transportation conference in Trenton willgive New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie a forum to discuss his strategyfor funding road, rail and bridge projects.Wednesday's

TRENTON - (AP) - A transportation conference in Trenton willgive New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie a forum to discuss his strategyfor funding road, rail and bridge projects.

Wednesday's meeting is sponsored by the nonprofit Alliance forAction, a coalition of business, labor and government leaders.

Christie proposed an $8 billion plan in January to fund statetransportation needs for five years. It calls for new borrowing andredirects money that had been earmarked for a commuter rail tunnelto Manhattan.

Democrats in the Legislature are trying to repeal a 2012 tollincrease that would send $1.25 billion to the Transportation TrustFund. They say the money should be returned to taxpayers if thetunnel isn't being built. Christie says he should be able to applythe funds where they're needed.

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