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WASHINGTON — New Jersey wants the $2.4 billion in high speed rail money that Florida Gov. Rick Scott has rejected.

Sen. Frank Lautenberg, D-N.J., asked Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood at a hearing today if that money could redirected to the Northeast Corridor.

LaHood replied that a number of lawmakers – including many from states along the Washington-to-Boston Northeast Corridor have asked for that money and he’s working through their requests.

After the hearing, LaHood declined to offer more specifics.

“Soon,” LaHood said after being asked when he intends to decide what to do with the money. “People all over the country are clamoring. There are long lines outside of my door of people who want the Florida money.”

Lautenberg, fellow New Jersey Democrat Robert Menendez, Democratic senators from Maryland, New York, Connecticut, Delaware and Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., wrote to LaHood last month requesting the Florida money.

A bipartisan group of 38 House members from the Northeast has also requested the funds to improve service and fix long-standing problems along the nation’s most densely populated rail corridor.

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