NEWARK - (AP) - New Jersey will lawyer up as it fights a$271 million bill for the scuttled Hudson River rail tunnel.

New Jersey Transit's Board of Directors on Thursday approved acontract with a Washington, D.C., law firm. Patton Boggs will bepaid $485 per hour to challenge the Federal Transit Authority'stab.

The bill came after Gov. Chris Christie killed the $8.7 billionrail link from New Jersey to New York City on Oct. 27, citingpotential cost overruns.

The governor's office said the FTA has not demanded repaymentfor other projects that have been stopped.

The tunnel was the most expensive public works project under wayin the nation.

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