Report: NJT hired, promoted those connected to Gov. Christie

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NEWARK, N.J. – Allies of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie got huge promotions while at NJ Transit all the while the commuter rail and transit agency struggled to fund operations, The Bergen County Record and NewJersey.com report.

The newspaper reviewed legislative testimony, court documents and state employee salary data to find that those connected with Christie were hired for premium positions while some career employees were overlooked. According to the report, nine of the 10 Christie allies who were hired by NJT all made more than $100,000. Some even got pay raises ranging from $13,000 to $70,000 annually. Critics say the situation is similar to how Christie’s administration gave jobs to loyalists at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.

In one situation, Jacqueline Halldow worked as NJT’s chief of staff for five years until getting a job at the governor’s office in 2016. Just over a year later, she returned to her old job and got a $24,000 salary increase. The report notes that the governor’s office has significant influence over the transit agency and its operations.

In a statement to the newspaper, NJT officials denied favoritism in its hiring processes.

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