NJ Transit chief is resigning
Executive director James Weinstein, named in 2010 by Gov. Christie to lead the nation's third-largest transit agency, will leave office March 2.
In a letter to the agency's roughly 12,000 employees, Weinstein credited them with having created in the last 30 years "one of the best public transportation agencies in the country from what started as a collection of bankrupt bus companies and railroads."
Weinstein, 67, of Moorestown, cited surveys showing that nearly eight of 10 customers would recommend NJ Transit to a friend, family member, or neighbor as evidence that it has succeeded in putting customers first.
In an announcement of new leadership at NJ Transit, Christie thanked Weinstein for his service and wished him well in the next part of his career but did not comment on the leader's record at the agency.
The governor said Weinstein would be replaced by Veronique "Ronnie" Hakim, executive director of the New Jersey Turnpike Authority. Hakim worked for more than 20 years at the Mass Transportation Agency in New York City before taking charge of the turnpike in 2010. The deputy transportation commissioner, Joe Mrozek, will succeed Hakim.
Weinstein's biggest test came in late October 2012, when Sandy flooded rail yards in Kearny and Hoboken, destroyed bridges and tracks, and left more than $400 million in overall damage.
Weinstein was heavily criticized in the weeks and months that followed for his decision not to move rail cars and locomotives out of the yards. They received more than $100 million in damage.