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Costly Pre-Sandy Decision Pinned On Mid-Level Management At NJ Transit

Storing Trains In Low Lying Areas Led To $120-Million In Damage
NJ TRANSIT Bay Head Comet III rail cars next to debris left by Sandy (credit: NJT)

NJ TRANSIT Bay Head Comet III rail cars next to debris left by Sandy (credit: NJT)

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TRENTON, N.J.(CBSNewYork) — A costly decision made in the hours leading up to Superstorm Sandy has been pinned on a mid-level manager at NJ Transit.

A move that placed rail cars in low lying spots in Kearny and Hoboken resulted in more than $120-million in damage when surging flood waters filled the rail yards, The Bergen Record reported.

Governor Christie spoke with the paper’s editorial board earlier this week and said that the move had not been vetted all the way up the chain.

The paper uncovered a chain of emails regarding the movement, one of which NJ Transit Executive Jim Weinstein confirmed receipt of, WCBS 880′s Jim Smith reported.

But, the Sierra Club’s Jeff Tittel isn’t buying it.

“Instead of being like Harry Truman where the buck stops here. It seems that the governor keeps passing the buck and coming up with new stories,” Tittle said.

WCBS 880 had not received a response from NJ Transit on Saturday. The governor’s spokesman said that the employee had been disciplined.

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