WOODLAND PARK, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie says a low-level manager — not the state's mass transit chief — was to blame for failing to move trains to higher ground during Superstorm Sandy, causing $120 million in damage.
Christie told The Record (http://bit.ly/15MccKR ) newspaper's editorial board Thursday that the employee deviated from a storm plan at the last minute without the knowledge of New Jersey Transit executive director Jim Weinstein.
The governor says the unnamed employee was a civil servant and because of civil service rules, could only be demoted, not fired.
However, the New Jersey Civil Service Commission website makes no reference to NJ Transit and the agency's job applications don't mention civil service requirements.
Sandy's surge overwhelmed low-lying rail yards in Hoboken and Kearny, damaging 273 rail cars and 82 locomotives.
Information from: The Record (Woodland Park, N.J.), http://www.northjersey.com
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