New Jersey-New York leaders talk Hudson tunnel project with President Trump

Thursday, September 7, 2017
NJ, NY politicians to meet wtih President Trump
Shirleen Allicot reports on the meeting between New York and New Jersey officials and President Trump on the Gateway Tunnel.

WASHINGTON -- The governors of New York and New Jersey have met with President Donald Trump to discuss long-awaited plans for a new Hudson River rail tunnel, considered one of the region's most critical infrastructure needs.

Thursday's White House meeting with Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo of New York and Republican Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey also included several members of the two states' Congressional delegations.

Democratic U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer says that while no decisions were made, officials from the two states made a strong pitch for the project.

The $13 billion project also involves renovating the existing century-old rail tunnel connecting New Jersey and New York City.

Project supporters hope the Republican president honors Democratic former President Barack Obama's pledge that the federal government would pay for half the project.