Christie Confused About NJ Transit’s Sandy Snafu

Gov. Chris Christie

Gov. Chris Christie

STATE – Last week, Republican Gov. Chris Christie told the Bergen Record that a low-level employee was to blame for $120 million in damage to NJ Transit rail cars and locomotives during Hurricane Sandy last year.

Christie told the paper that without the knowledge of NJ Transit Executive Director Jim Weinstein, a low-level manager abandoned a plan that was in place to protect the equipment and instead left the train cars and locomotives in low-lying rail yards in Hoboken and Kearny.

However, the paper reported that more than a dozen NJ Transit workers – including Weinstein – were involved in an email chain describing where and how the train cars and locomotives would be moved prior to the arrival of the storm.

The governor also told the Bergen Record that the NJ Transit employee he blamed could not be fired because of Civil Service rules; however, NJ Transit is not covered by Civil Service regulations. A spokesperson for the governor later clarified that the employee was disciplined according to NJ Transit procedures.

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