(CNN) – A new poll indicates that New Jersey Republican Gov. Chris Christie might be on to something with his decision last month to slash funding for the nation's largest infrastructure project- the building of a new rail tunnel between New Jersey and New York.
A Quinnipiac University survey released Wednesday found that New Jersey voters agreed with Christie's decision to eliminate the project by a 53 to 37 percent margin.
Among Republicans surveyed, support for Christie's decision came in at 76 percent, while only 31 percent of voters who identified as Democrats believed ending the project would be the right move.
But if the project is revived, 90 percent of New Jersey voters surveyed said that New York should help foot the bill.
According to the poll, the 11 percent of Garden State voters who commute to New York City for work are divided on the issue; 47 percent would like to see the tunnel built, but 50 percent are against the project.
The Quinnipiac University survey was conducted on November 3 – 8, with 1,362 New Jersey voters questioned by telephone. The poll has a sampling error of plus or minus 2.7 percentage points.
The project, which was projected to cost $8.7 billion, would have created a second rail tunnel between New York and New Jersey. It would also have expanded New York's Penn Station and was expected to ease congestion on New Jersey highways.
CNN reported Tuesday that a letter was sent from the Federal Transit Administration to New Jersey Transit, the state's public transportation authority, requesting an immediate repayment of $271 million in federal funds already spent on the project. The letter stated the funds were obligated for the ARC tunnel and because the project was terminated, the money most be returned.
New Jersey Transit officials responded by saying they are reviewing the request and they do not agree that the issue is as clear-cut as portrayed in the FTA letter.
The Quinnipiac survey did not ask voters if they would continue to support Christie's decision if New Jersey was required to repay the federal funds.
- CNN Radio National Correspondent Steve Kastenbaum contributed to this report.