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NJT Head James Weinstein to Resign

The head of New Jersey’s beleaguered public transit agency is stepping down.

New Jersey Transit
Dino Flammia, Townsquare Media

James Weinstein informed employees in a letter Tuesday that he has submitted a letter of resignation to Gov. Chris Christie and will leave March 2.

A copy of the letter was obtained by The Associated Press.

Weinstein oversaw numerous projects that expanded the reach of the nation’s third largest transit agency. But he’ll also be remembered for two recent events that caused controversy.

A decision to leave rail cars and locomotives in low-lying train yards in Kearny and Hoboken before Superstorm Sandy led to more than $100 million in flood damage.

And ridership projections for the Super Bowl at MetLife Stadium were far off-base, leading to lengthy delays.

Veronique Hakim, head of the Turnpike Authority, will succeed Weinstein.

The state’s deputy transportation commissioner, Joseph Mrozek, will take over at the Turnpike Authority.

(Copyright 2014 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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