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State Sen. Joe Cryan. (Photo: Kevin Sanders for the New Jersey Globe).

Cryan named to NJ Transit select committee

Senator joins Weinberg, Sweeney on panel

By Nikita Biryukov, October 11 2019 11:28 am

State Sen. Joe Cryan will sit on the Senate Select Committee investigating NJ Transit, Senate President Steve Sweeney announced Friday.

“Joe Cryan will be a strong voice who will help us get the answers and information we need to understand why NJ Transit continues to be plagued with operational and financial problems,” Sweeney said. “Transit’s record of cancellations, delays and breakdowns is inexcusable, the absence of a long-term plan is troubling and the fact that they appear to be laying the groundwork for a fare hike is disturbing.”

During an interview with NJTV last month, NJ Transit CEO Kevin Corbett declined to rule out a fare increase for the beleaguered transit network in 2020.

Cryan, a former Union County sheriff and a former Democratic state chairman, will join an already large number of powerful Democrats on the Select Committee.

Senate President Steve Sweeney will chair the committee, and Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg, the chief Democrat advocating for reforms at the transit network, will sit on the same.

The committee intends to hold hearings and roundtables and intends to visit NJ Transit sites.

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