Questions had been raised after Christie began to push for the project after he pulled the plug on a $9 billion rail tunnel from New Jersey into Manhattan in 2010 — a project that was to have used $3 billion from the Port Authority.
The Skyway is owned and operated by New Jersey and offers a direct route to the Holland Tunnel in Jersey City. But the agreement signed in 2011 between the Port Authority and New Jersey’s Department of Transportation labeled it an approach to the Lincoln Tunnel, which is several miles away and requires what amounts to a 90-degree turn to the north.
According to published reports, the Port Authority isn’t authorized to pay for work on access roads to the Holland Tunnel because the tunnel predates the formation of the Port Authority in 1921. The agency can pay for roads that lead to the Lincoln Tunnel.
The Record of Woodland Park first reported on the Port Authority’s mention of the Lincoln Tunnel in the Pulaski documents.
Christie’s administration also is the target of state and federal investigations over lane closures at the George Washington Bridge last fall that appear to have been ordered for political payback. Several Port Authority officials have resigned and Christie fired a staffer who was revealed to have ordered the closures in an email.
Christie has denied any advance knowledge of the lane closure scheme. A taxpayer-funded report prepared by a law firm commissioned by Christie absolved the governor of any wrongdoing.