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Oliver declines to say if she knew about NJ Transit pay hikes

8 transportation agency executives, including 2 political hires, got huge pay bumps

By Nikita Biryukov, August 05 2019 4:38 pm

Acting Gov. Sheila Oliver declined to say whether she was aware of large raises given to eight NJ Transit executives, including two political appointees, before they were reported by the New Jersey Globe.

“That is off topic, and today I am focused on gun violence and the bills we are signing,” Oliver said at an unrelated press conference on the signing of a series of gun safety bills.

Last month, the New Jersey Globe reported the public transportation agency gave huge salary pumps to eight top officials, including two political appointees.

One official, Justin Davis, a former consultant for Gov. Phil Murphy’s 2017 campaign, had his salary go up from $156,000-per-year to $188,000-per-year.

William Viquerira, the New Jersey Transit CFO, got a raise from $180,000 annually to $215,00. Viquerira served as comptroller for the New Jersey Democratic State Committee Victory 2017 committee and as treasurer for Gov. Murphy’s inaugural committee.

NJ Transit spokeswoman Nancy Snyder said the salary increases were paid for by a restructuring that eliminated other positions at the agency.

The executives’ title changes, which were not publicly announced, correspond to new responsibilities, she said.

It’s not clear which positions were eliminated at this time.

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