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NJ Transit Fails To Finalize Budget For 2019

July 21, 2018 - 4:48 pm

TRENTON, N.J. (WCBS 880) -- New Jersey Transit’s Board of Directors was set to vote on a new budget last week, but it was rescinded at the last minute.

“You also saw our commissioner--our Department of Transportation Diane Scaccetti pull that back to review it again,” Gov. Phil Murphy said. “We want to make sure we get this right.”

The governor’s explanation came after Politico reported that NJ Transit planned to divert $511 million from capital funds to pay for its operating costs.

Murphy and his campaign repeatedly promised to start giving the agency the money it needs, but instead, the proposed plan continued one of the most criticized spending practices from the Christie administration.

“We can’t undo eight years of malfeasance in the state support of NJ Transit, either in the operating or in the capital side," Murphy said.

The budget plan also sought to take funds from the Turnpike Authority and the state’s clean energy fund.

Murphy’s proposed budget would have given NJ Transit a $242 million increase from last year.

Lawmakers ultimately only agreed to give NJ Transit a $167 million increase.