Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg today slammed New Jersey Transit for giving big pay raises to top executives while commuters continue to face immense delays and cancellations almost every day.
“I’m a little surprised to see the size of raises being awarded at NJ Transit,” Weinberg said. “I want to avoid speaking to the individuals, but this is an agency that has failed to provide the public or the legislature with any cohesive, much less comprehensive, strategic plan on how to improve their services for the 900,000 New Jerseyans who ride it every day.”
The New Jersey Globe reported on Thursday that the public transportation agency gave huge salary pumps to eight top officials, including two political appointees.
Weinberg has been a strong critic of New Jersey Transit’s failures over the last several years and an unabashed opponent of using transportation agencies as a landing spot for political hires.
“NJ Transit is a mess, seemingly incapable of keeping neither buses nor trains on schedule, much less expand their services or capacity,” said Weinberg. “Fixing this agency after years of neglect is absolutely vital, for New Jerseyans and for our economy and we need the best people we can find for the job. It’s just somewhat confusing to see such massive raises before we see results.”
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 Murphy’s inaugural committee.