N.J. Transit Safety Jobs Vacant as Christie Allies Hired at Top

  • Department created with fanfare, then never completely staffed
  • Senior-level ranks grew while accidents, violations soared

Commuters are seen boarding a New Jersey Transit train at the Frank R. Lautenberg Rail Station at Secaucus Junction in Secaucus, New Jersey.

Photographer: Victor J. Blue/Bloomberg

As rail accidents climbed at New Jersey Transit, the cash-strapped agency understaffed its safety office while filling high-level jobs with people tied to Governor Chris Christie’s administration.

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