The following is from the NYTimes.
"What has been especially galling to me has been the cynicism surrounding the efforts to get the toll increases. First, the Port Authority said that unless it could increase the tolls, it would have to “slow or stop” the construction of 1 World Trade Center. Though this scenario was highly unlikely, it got the construction unions duly aroused, as it was intended to do. They began calling in favors among the politicians."
I've looked up the definition of cynicism, but could someone explain the definition in this context?