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Murphy doesn’t know when he’ll fill NJ Transit

Governor says he’s moving expeditiously

By David Wildstein, August 09 2018 12:15 pm

NEWARK – There is no timetable for filling two vacant seats on the New Jersey Transit Board of Directors, Gov. Phil Murphy said today.

Two of the five public member seats on the board that runs the embattled agency have been vacant since 2016.

Murphy acknowledged the importance of public representation on the agency’s board, although he offered to insights about how long it will take him to fill the two seats.

“We believe that the public members are exceedingly necessary, he said, noting that he puts commuters “on a pedestal.”

The governor appeared to defend the process he’s using to fill state government posts.

“We’ve already put up a number of appointments across a whole range of bodies and we’re fully committed to filling out every board and agency as expeditiously as possible,” said Murphy.

Bruce Meisel, a big Republican donor from Bergen County, was named to the board by Christie in 2011 and resigned in 2016; and Myron Shevell, another trucking company owner (and the father-in-law of Sir Paul McCartney) had been on the board since 1995. Shevell left the board in 2016 and Christie didn’t fill that slot either.

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