WISNIEWSKI TO HOLD HEARING ON ALARMING INCREASE IN NJ TRANSIT DISRUPTIONS FOLLOWING CHRISTIE FARE HIKE

Notes Commuters Now Paying More for Worse Service

(TRENTON) – Assembly Transportation Chairman John Wisniewski (D-Middlesex) released the following statement Monday after The Star-Ledger reported on how NJ Transit commuters have suffered numerous major service disruptions this summer:

“New Jersey commuters deserve better, especially considering this poor service comes after a 25 percent fare hike was forced upon them earlier this year by Gov. Christie.
“Commuters certainly are paying more for less service in return for Gov. Christie’s record-setting tax on working people.
“That fare hike was itself clear enough evidence that Gov. Christie has little understanding about what it’s like to be a middle-class New Jerseyan.
“But the many unacceptable delays and disruptions endured by commuters under his leadership simply further emphasize the governor’s lack of understanding of what it means to have to take mass transit to work everyday to make ends meet.
“We’ve heard many excuses so far for the delays and disruptions, but New Jersey had hot weather, falling trees and trespassers in previous administrations without massive and repeated delays, so something doesn’t add up.
“I intend to call a hearing of the Assembly transportation panel to look into this matter and get answers on behalf of our hard-working commuters. Further details will be announced shortly.”