Rep. Donald Payne Jr. will chair the House subcommittee tasked with overseeing the nation’s railways, further adding to the Gateway Project’s prospects in the new administration.
The New Jersey Globe in November first reported Payne (D-Newark) would seek to succeed Rep. Daniel Lipinski (D-Ill.) as chairman of the Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines and Hazardous Materials.
Lipinski was ousted in a primary last year.
Now that he has the post, he has oversight over the Federal Railroad Administration, the Surface Transportation Board and the Pipeline and Hazardous Safety Administration, but he’ll also have to cede chairmanship of the Homeland Security Subcommittee on Emergency Preparedness, Response and Recovery.
Four members of New Jersey’s congressional delegation — Reps. Payne, Albio Sires (D-West New York), Tom Malinowski (D-Ringoes) and Jeff Van Drew (R-Dennis) — hold seats on the Transportation Committee.
Malinowski also sits on the Railroads, Pipelines and Hazardous Materials.