The Latest: 2011 Christie road repairs at center of lawsuit

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Posted: Jan 28, 2016 5:20 PM

NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's 2011 decision to spend $1.8 billion on road repairs now at the center of a New York lawsuit (all times local):

4 p.m.

Five years later, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's decision to spend $1.8 billion in bistate agency funds to fix state roads has come under increasing scrutiny.

Lawyers at the time warned that the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey's expenditure on the Pulaski Skyway repairs could raise problems.

And on Thursday, lawyers for AAA suing the agency over 2011 toll hikes made the spending a central part of their case.

The Port Authority has argued the expenditure was proper regardless of whether AAA agrees.

But the Port Authority's spending on Pulaski repairs is now also being challenged by an airline, probed by the Federal Aviation Administration and investigated by both the Securities Exchange Commission and the Manhattan district attorney.

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10:50 a.m.

Lawyers warned five years ago that New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's decision to take $1.8 billion from a bistate agency to fix state roads might cause legal problems.

They turned out to be right.

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey's expenditure on the Pulaski Skyway repairs has become a central part of a lawsuit filed by AAA against the agency over 2011 toll hikes.

On Thursday, lawyers for both sides will argue before a federal judge in New York.

But the Port Authority's spending on Pulaski repairs is also being challenged by an airline, probed by the Federal Aviation Administration and investigated by both the Securities Exchange Commission and the Manhattan district attorney.

The Port Authority has argued the expenditure was proper regardless of whether AAA agrees.