MTA Chief Joe Lhota Says Bloomberg Is Making Predictions ‘Like an Idiot’ [Updated]

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NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 21: Mayor Michael Bloomberg attends Paul McCartney's & Nancy Shevell's party at The Bowery Hotel on October 21, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Rob Kim/Getty Images) Photo: Rob Kim/2011 Getty Images

The chairman and chief executive of the state MTA, Joe Lhota, does not think much of the mayor's prediction as to when the Queens Midtown tunnel will open. Lhota said the tunnel could reopen Friday, before "remarking that Mr. Bloomberg, 'like an idiot,' had predicted publicly that the tunnel might open over the weekend. 'He's making it up,' he said, after a brief hail of profanity in which Mr. Lhota wondered aloud who, exactly, Mr. Bloomberg had been talking to." Update: Since being quoted in the Times disparaging his boss, Lhota has called the mayor to apologize.