Incoming New Jersey governor: NJ Transit a ‘national disgrace’

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NEWARK, N.J. — New Jersey governor-elect Phil Murphy called the state’s transit agency a “national disgrace” on Wednesday after a newspaper reported that political allies of outgoing Gov. Chris Christie were frequently given huge raises while the railroad struggled to make ends meet. Murphy, who was elected in November, vowed to “knock it down” and rebuild the agency, reports.

Murphy made the remarks during a news conference where he announced his picks to lead the New Jersey Department of Transportation.

The Bergen County Record and 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.

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