Documents Reveal Insider Deal to Build Light-Rail Station in Hoboken

NJ Transit agreed to pay most of costs at site 'favorable' to client of Christie pal's law firm

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Were New Jersey taxpayers taken for a ride?

A hush-hush agreement between NJ Transit and the law firm run by David Samson, Gov. Chris Christie’s point man at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, spawned plans to build a transit station at a Hoboken site favorable to one of the firm’s clients.

The deal is already the subject of a federal probe in the wake of Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer’s claim that she was pressured by the Christie administration to support the project.

Records obtained under the state’s Open Public Meetings Act now reveal that NJ Transit, which comes under the purview of Christie, agreed to pay most of the cost of building the light-rail station while also financing “associated on-site improvements.”

Read and listen to the full report by Andrea Bernstein of WNYC, a partner of NJ Spotlight.