Trenton — Gov. Chris Christie says a low-level manager — not the state´s mass transit chief — was to blame for failing to move trains to higher ground during Superstorm Sandy, causing $120 million in damage. Christie told The Record´s editorial board on Thursday the employee deviated from a storm plan at the last minute without the knowledge of New Jersey Transit executive director Jim Weinstein. The governor says the unnamed employee was a civil servant and because of civil service rules, could only be demoted and not fired. However, the New Jersey Civil Service Commission website makes no reference to NJ Transit
Comments: CC does the Jersey Hustle, lets his friend off the hook for an incident that incurred some $100 million in damages, leaving 84 new multilevel passenger cars, new locomotives, and spare parts in 2 rail yards that NJ Transit´s $50,000 study said would flood in a bad storm.
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Donna M, 10/4/2013 10:47:12 AM (No. 9549906)
This smells to high heaven. A year later?
If you live/vote in NJ, do NOT vote for this man. He´s counting on a double digit win in Nov. so that he can go to the RNC and the big backers and say he´s the man to run in 2016. Chrissy´s also cut deals right and left with the unions (e.g. CWA) so that they don´t actively support the Dem, Buono. Vote that day for other offices but vote for the Libertarian candidate or any other candidate except the Dem (Buono´s running the lamest of campaigns, which smells of a deal in a blue state). The goal is to shrink his lead over Buono to a few percentage points so that he loses credibility nationally with the GOP.
Chrissy is NOT the wave of the GOP future! GO STEVE LONEGAN!!!
I have worked on numerous software projects where I have asked sys admins of database admins to perform tasks which, if improperly performed, would have very little consequence. When the task was "complete", I would ALWAYS double check their work to make sure the end result was what I had requested and expected. That was the small tasks. On the big tasks, I would usually sit down with them to make darn sure it was done properly.
This is the mass-transit chief´s fault and he should be fired. In fact, Christie should be fired for covering for him.
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Donna M, 10/4/2013 11:03:02 AM (No. 9549932)
Before you say I´ve gone off the rails, Christie has done NOTHING to attract business to the state. Businesses are laying off (especially Big Pharma) and fleeing. He has done NOTHING except strut and bloviate. Total U-3 unemployment (the ´published´ rate is 8.5% and only lowered from above 9% earlier this year. Most counties are 9% and above (look at the NJ DOL map http://lwd.dol.state.nj.us/labor/lpa/content/maps/laus_month.pdf not seasonally adjusted!) As we all know, the real reason why the rate is lowering is the because people are leaving the labor force--the REAL unemployment rate is the U-6 which is nationally around 14% which means in NJ it´s probably 16%. Taxes are higher than ever--sales, property and income. You retire, you can´t afford to stay. You lose your job, you can´t get another one. The young are fleeing.
While he was better 4 years ago than the thoroughly corrupt Little Jonny Corzine (who should be doing time), the Blimp needs a deflating, and only NJ Republicans can do this by being strategic.
Is just me are is everyone just a little tired of government workers, state or federal having special rules, benefits and waivers, while we live by the rules that governing bodies make for us, but not for themselves or their employees?
DPA. #6, not only will I not say you´ve gone off the rails, I will support you fully as I too suffer under the shadow of the SooperConservative Chris Christie.
All you say is true, and I will add to that CC has INCREASED the size(budgetary) of government by %7 this last year alone. The # of +$100K state employees has skyrocketed. Sandy may as well have happened yesterday, unless you happen to be ON the beach, operating a business. Most of which are straight cash.....and we all know how much that contributes. Few people outside of NJ know that CC has taken the Kelo decision and stuck it on steriods. In order to affect dune replenishment, he has lawsuited the increase in value of water view homes to $1.00. Just wait until the tax appeals start. If you have a home on the beach, and the exact same home is on the main street, you will both pay equal taxes. The man is a danger, much like his BFF Barry.
I´m going to mention that I [and quite a few others?] am also wondering, "$120 million and all they can do is demote?" What would some state employee have to do to get fired [line-of-duty stuff; not talking about violation of PC]? Insanity!
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