New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie ­terminated an $8.7 billion passenger-rail tunnel project Thursday that would have doubled NJTransit rail capacity between New York City and northern New Jersey and created at least 6,000 construction jobs.

The 8.8 mile-long tunnel — already 16 months into construction — is one of the nation’s largest mass-transit projects. Christie said he won’t allow taxpayers to fund the project, known as Access to the Region’s Core, because there is no clear way for the state to cover cost overruns.

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