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Rep. Frank Pallone. (Photo by Nikita Biryukov)

Pallone: We can work with Trump on infrastructure

Gateway Tunnel a focus for New Jersey Reps.

By Nikita Biryukov, December 10 2018 1:55 pm

Rep. Frank Pallone on Monday said he thinks it’s possible the state’s congressional delegation, all but one of whom will be Democrats come Jan. 3, will work with President Donald Trump and Republicans in the senate on infrastructure.

“I do think that infrastructure is an area where we can work on a bipartisan basis to get something done,” Pallone said. “And, we will prioritize those needs for the state of New Jersey and work hard to try to accomplish them.”

Though it’s a point of bipartisan agreement in New York and New Jersey, infrastructure projects like the Gateway Tunnel lack support from Republicans elsewhere in the country.

Trump himself has previously torpedoed funding for Gateway, despite having told members of the New York and New Jersey congressional delegations that he would back the project.

“I was in the White House when we met with president trump with the New York-New Jersey delegation. In that conversation the president says ‘we’re going to get this done,’” Rep. Donald Norcross said. “Apparently, we didn’t ask him when, so coming together, there is a focus that this is an important project. Obviously, it’s the northern half of the state, but it impacts all of New Jersey”

A number of New Jersey’s incoming freshmen, including Reps.-elect Mikie Sherrill and Tom Malinowski, campaigned on funding for the Gateway Tunnel, and it’s likely the project will be a priority for the state’s congresspeople in the coming year.

Whether or not the tunnel gets funded will rely largely upon how willing New Jersey’s Democrats are willing to work with the opposition party.

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