From the Home News Tribune:
The governors of New York and New Jersey said Tuesday they support continued construction of the 1,776-foot Freedom Tower but also would favor selling the multibillion-dollar symbolic skyscraper being built at Ground Zero.
New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer, New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine and Mayor Michael Bloomberg appeared together to sign off on the delayed, redesigned skyscraper that has been under construction for more than nine months.
Spitzer, who once called the planned building a “white elephant” that could not be profitable for the government agency that owned the World Trade Center, said after he was elected governor that he would look at the project again.
He said Tuesday that a booming commercial real-estate market and the need to move forward with long-delayed rebuilding at Ground Zero changed his mind.
“We’re confident that this is not only viable, but profitable,” said Spitzer. The federal and state government has promised to lease half of the tower’s office space and the skyscraper — which will cost more than $2.4 billion to build — is on budget, he said.
But Spitzer added, “I don’t have any opposition” to selling the tower, which the Port Authority is scheduled to finish building by 2011. “We will entertain these options if and when they arise.”
Corzine said that selling the tower “would be good public policy.” He said the Port Authority, which is run by both governors and owns airports, shipping terminals and bridges, should stay focused more on transportation than real estate.