UNION CITY - New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is taking the credit for a new proposal to construct a second commuter rail tunnel under the Hudson River, after scrapping the first tunnel project.

At a town hall meeting yesterday in Union City, Christie said his Oct. decision to cancel the country?s most expensive public works project has resulted in the development of a much better plan.

Earlier this week, Amtrak and New Jersey?s two U.S. senators announced a new proposal to link the Garden State to New York City. Officials say the new project would spread around the burden of its $13.5 billion price tag.

Christie said the new plan seems like a better deal for the state and that he?ll consider it.