MANALAPAN - Gov. Chris Christie says the state will go to court to fight a finding it must repay the federal government the entire $271 million it spent on early design and construction work for a now-scrapped New Jersey-New York train tunnel.

Christie announced his intentions during the question-and-answer portion of a town hall meeting yesterday by a woman who wanted to know how the governor plans on avoiding the $271 million bill handed down by the federal Department of Transportation.

But the Republican governor didn't provide more details on his plans. His office declined further comment.

Christie abandoned the project last fall, citing escalating costs. He noted potential overruns of $2 billion to $5 billion, which he said the state couldn't afford.

But federal transportation officials say New Jersey only got the federal funds because it committed to finishing the project, known as ARC, for Access to the Region's Core.

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