01 Jun '11, 3pm

Governors who rejected high speed rail funds are all unpopular now

Hey, it turns out people don't want to get divorced and die because of long car commutes! Actually, we're just guessing about that (makes sense, though, right?), but what's clear is that constituents won't thank you for nixing rail projects. Gas 2.0 checked in with the biggest rail refusenik governors, and they're all faltering in the polls. Florida's Rick Scott, whose rejected rail funds were parceled out to more forward-looking states, is "among the least-liked governors" in the country, with a dismal 29 percent approval rating. John Kasich of Ohio, who also turned down federal money for rail, has the approval of only 33 percent of his constituency. New Jersey's Chris Christie just keeps on backtracking. Before he pulled the state out of a climate initiative, he canceled a planned mass-transit project. New Jersey has thanked him by knocking him into a negative-balance ap...

Full article: http://www.grist.org/list/2011-05-31-rejecting-high-speed...

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