Menendez wants fed inquiry on Sandy road repair overruns

Menendez wants fed inquiry on Sandy road repair overruns


By:  Claude Brodesser-Akner
NJ Advance Media


If you think spending $26 million per mile to rebuild a state highway is too much, you're not alone.

U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez is joining state Sen. Raymond Lesniak (D- Union) in calling for a federal investigation into some tens of millions of dollars of what they say are questionable expenditures associated with fixing Route 35, damaged by Hurricane Sandy in 2012 and nearing completion this month.

"I didn't want the state looking into their own screw-ups," said Lesniak, in an interview with NJ Advance Media on Friday morning.

Teetering on a narrow spine of barrier peninsula running parallel to the Atlantic Ocean, the Rt. 35 project is one of the most expensive in state history, according to Lesniak.

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