McKeon & Gordon Statement on FRA Stating it would have Canceled NJ Transit Meeting to Allow NJ Transit to Testify before Legislature

(TRENTON) – Sen. Bob Gordon (D-Bergen/Passaic), chairman of the Senate Legislative Oversight Committee, and Asm. John McKeon (D-Essex/Morris), chairman of the Assembly Judiciary Committee, released the following statement Friday after learning the Federal Railroad Administration stated it would have canceled its meeting today with NJ Transit to allow the agency to testify before their committees on its safety and operations.
NJ Transit Executive Director Steve Santoro skipped today’s hearing:

“It’s disheartening to hear that the Federal Railroad Administration would have gladly rescheduled its meeting with NJ Transit today to allow the agency to testify today before the joint legislative committee.
“Commissioner Hammer certainly made it seem like the FRA meeting could not be rescheduled, so once again we question whether the commissioner was misleading legislators. We do not appreciate it.
“Commissioner Hammer and NJ Transit are not off to a good start, but hopefully they’ve gotten the message and will do better. If they don’t, we are prepared to act with subpoena power. We are taking NJ Transit safety and operations seriously. We expect the same from the Commissioner and NJ Transit.”