John Catsimatidis, GOP mayoral candidate, proposes NYC-Connecticut bridge

Republican mayoral candidate John Catsimatidis speaks at a news conference in May. Credit: Spencer Platt/Getty Images
Republican mayoral candidate John Catsimatidis speaks at a news conference in May.
Credit: Spencer Platt/Getty Images

Republican mayoral candidate John Catsimatidis proposed building a bridge from the city to Connecticut for truck traffic if elected.

The billionaire and head of Gristedes Foods told the New York Daily News Editorial Board Wednesday that he would borrow up to $25 billion to fund big infrastructure projects in the city if elected.

“We have all those trucks going across the George Washington Bridge, trying to get to the Cross-Bronx Expressway, trying to get to Connecticut eventually,” Catsimatidis told the Daily News. “[We] could possibly build a separate bridge and a separate roadway straight to Connecticut .”

While he has his sights on the bridge to Connecticut, Catsimatidis wouldn’t say exactly how he’d allocate the borrowed cash.

Catsimatidis, who is funding his own campaign, is a close second in a three-way Republican primary against former MTA chairman Joe Lhota and Doe Fund Founder George McDonald.

In the latest poll released Tuesday, Catsimatidis was six points behind Lhota with 37 percent of the vote, within the margin of error.

Of 101 likely Republican primary voters surveyed by the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute, 11 percent were still undecided.

The poll had a margin of error plus or minus 9.8 percent.

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