The bipartisan bro hug between Sen. Cory Booker and Gov. Chris Christie on Wednesday felt like a return to their pre-Bridgegate days of pushing education reform and spoofing Seinfeld together. After weeks of train derailments and commuter delays, the two pols shared the spotlight at Newark Penn Station and urged President Trump’s administration to commit funds to the Gateway project. When reporters lobbed questions at Christie over his decision to kill the ARC tunnel in 2010, Booker batted them all down and said he “hated” reopening that particular old wound. (At this, the cameras caught a slight grin on Christie’s face.)
In the gubernatorial primaries, Kim Guadagno unveiled her plan for a hefty new property tax credit, Phil Murphy went to a group of skeptical bankers to sell his public bank idea, and ELEC set the dates for what should be an illuminating set of debates.
The senator took the lead this week in calling for federal funding for the Gateway project, which would add sorely needed rail capacity from Newark to New York and a new tunnel under the Hudson. He made a simple and eloquent case for the massive and complex infrastructure project, describing it not just a regional issue but an American one that stands to affect the national economy. His efforts got the attention of U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, who said hours after Booker’s news conference that she intends to come take a look at the situation.
He was not down for long after being ousted from his 5th District congressional seat in November by Democrat Josh Gottheimer. The White House…
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