Lawmaker Criticizes NJ Transit Decision To Send Employees To The Superbowl

Assemblyman John Wisniewski

Assemblyman John Wisniewski

TRENTON — Assemblyman John Wisniewksi, the head of the Assembly’s Transportation committee, blasted NJ Transit for its decision to send four employees to the Superbowl in New Orleans at a taxpayer cost of $14,505.

“NJ Transit’s poor judgment is once again on display with the news reports that the agency sent four employees to the 2013 Super Bowl in New Orleans,” Wisniewski said in a statement today.

The NJ Transit officials were visiting New Orleans to observe procedures for transportation and security at the Superbowl in preparation for New Jersey hosting the game in 2014.

Wisniewski (D-Middlesex) pointed out that NJ Transit already has experience providing transportation options to MetLife Stadium, the only venue in the country that hosts two NFL football teams and questioned the need to send officials on the trip when NJ Transit is still recovering from damage caused by Superstorm Sandy in October.

“In light of its wealth of experience managing operations and security for large events, the crisis from which it is still recovering and the public’s deteriorating confidence in the agency’s judgment, the decision to fund a Super Bowl junket for four employees reflects poorly on both NJ Transit and on Gov. Christie,” Wisniewski said.

The Bergen Record first reported on the NJ Transit officials’ trip and obtained expense records through an Open Public Records Act request.

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