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McKeon on Amtrak/NJ Transit Hearing: It’s Time to End the Blame Game & Come Up with SolutionsAssembly Judiciary Committee Chair John F. McKeon released the following statement Friday after his committee concluded a joint hearing with a Senate panel where they questioned top brass at both Amtrak and NJ Transit on the wave of recent breakdowns that have hammered commuters, as well as planned repairs.
"My concerns going into this hearing remain the same coming out.
Video: McKeon - 'Commuters Deserve Better'Assembly Judiciary Chairman John McKeon (D-Essex/Morris) on the need to improve reliability and safety for New Jersey commuters. McKeon made the comments as he opened Friday's joint Assembly/Senate hearing on the recent NJ Transit and Amtrak woes.
Watch the video here.
Video: McKeon on Commuter Difficulties Caused by Christie trans-Hudson Tunnel CancellationAssembly Judiciary Chairman John McKeon (D-Essex/Morris) discusses Gov. Christie's decision to cancel the trans-Hudson commuter rail tunnel and the difficulties it has and will create for New Jersey commuters. McKeon made the comments as he opened Friday's joint Assembly/Senate hearing on the recent NJ Transit and Amtrak woes.
Watch the video here.
McKeon: Oppose Trump Plan to Hurt New Jerseyans by Eliminating Property Tax DeductionAssemblyman John McKeon on Friday asked New Jersey's Congressional delegation to oppose any plan by President Trump that eliminates tax deductions for state and local taxes.
"In a devastating blow to New Jersey residents, who already pay the highest taxes in the nation, eliminating these deductions would increase the average annual tax bill for a middle-class New Jersey homeowner," wrote McKeon (D-Essex/Morris), in a letter to the delegation.
Video: McKeon Previews Friday Hearing into NJ Transit/Amtrak Woes‘Things have gone from bad to worse’
Lawmaker Also Notes Trans-Hudson Tunnel Canceled by Christie Would Nearly be Completed
10 a.m. Friday Hearing to Include Testimony from Amtrak & NJT Leaders
Assembly Judiciary Chairman John McKeon (D-Essex/Morris) discusses Friday’s Assembly-Senate hearing on Amtrak and NJ Transit breakdowns, planned repairs at New York Penn Station and contingency plans to move commuters in the event of reduced service.
Watch the video here.
Gordon, McKeon: Hearing to Focus on Amtrak & NJ Transit Breakdowns, NY Penn Station Repairs, and Contingency Plans to Handle Commuter CrisisAmtrak President/CEO Wick Moorman, NJ Transit Executive Director Steve Santoro to testify Friday at joint Senate Legislative Oversight/Assembly Judiciary Committees hearing in Trenton
Citing the looming commuter crisis, Senate Legislative Oversight Chair Bob Gordon and Assembly Judiciary Chair John McKeon said their joint hearing Friday will focus on the wave of Amtrak and NJ Transit breakdowns, planned repairs at New York Penn Station, and contingency plans by NJ Transit and other agencies to continue to move hundreds of thousands of trans-Hudson commuters in the event of reduced service at NY Penn Station or other problems.
"Passengers do not care whether Amtrak or NJ Transit is responsible for the delays and disrepair that interfere with their commute. The two entities playing the blame game doesn't get people to work on time," said Assemblyman McKeon (D-Morris/Essex). "When people pay hundreds of dollars per month for rail service, they have all right to expect that it will be reliable and that NJ Transit personnel - including the agency's top executives - will be responsive to customers' concerns about quality and safety. Given the amount of dysfunction related to our transportation infrastructure that has affected passengers this month alone, it is imperative that both Amtrak and NJ Transit work to improve service on behalf of commuters."