NJ Transit pushing court battle vs. mobster’s kin

New Jersey wants to continue its court fight with a mobster’s family over land it acquired for a since canceled Hudson River tunnel project.

New Jersey Transit will seek authorization at its monthly board meeting Wednesday for more money to pay legal bills in its dispute with the Franco family.

NJ Transit acquired the roughly two-acre property south of the Lincoln Tunnel and east of Routes 1 & 9 in 2010 for the ARC rail tunnel project, at a price of about $1.6 million. The Franco family went to court, and in 2012 a jury upped the figure to more than $8 million.

Carmine Franco pleaded guilty to racketeering and was sentenced last May to a year in jail.

Gov. Chris Christie canceled the tunnel project in late 2010.

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