Despite nightmarish long lines at motor vehicle agencies across the state, the agency’s head took this week off.
New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission chief administrator B. Sue Fulton has been out of the office since August 31 and will return on September 7, according to an automated reply to an email sent to her by the New Jersey Globe about a different on Thursday night.
Her spokesman, Jim Hooker, confirmed Fulton’s absence, but said she hasn’t disconnected completely from her job.
“The chief worked intermittently this week while taking some vacation time at her home in Asbury Park,” Hooker said.
Motor vehicle offices closed for in-person customer service in March in response to the coronavirus pandemic and have dealt with extensive lines since reopening in July.
Danyaael Moin, an assistant professor of cardiology at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, said on Twitter that he got on line this morning at the Edison Motor Vehicle Center at 6:09 AM. He later tweeted that he was given a ticket at 8:15 AM to come back at 1:30 PM to submit his vehicle registration information.
“Sorry have to vent a little — the MVC situation has to get better,” Moin tweeted. “I’m a fan of my adopted home state but NY is handling this better with online scheduling. Let me just get my NJ plates please.”
Moin’s wait turned out to be good news for one man in his 70s who fainted while standing on a motor vehicle commission line after suffering what the medical professor called a “syncopal episode.”
“Everybody helped out. Patient stabilized; EMS is here now, thankfully,” Moin said in a tweet. “There has to be a better way to do this for some folks.”