TRENTON – Gov. Chris Christie defended N.J. Transit’s pre-super storm Sandy preparations today when asked about a report that warned that northern New Jersey rail yards were at risk of flooding.
Christie, who disputed media interpretations of the report prepared by a Boonton-based environmental company, said that he “absolutely” supports N.J. Transit leadership.
“They made the best judgment they could under the circumstances,’’ Christie said during a press conference today in which he railed against congressional inaction on the multibillion-dollar aid package for Sandy recovery.
He said that if N.J. Transit officials had known for sure that rail yards in Kearny and Hoboken were going to be flooded by Sandy they would have moved the trains.
Sandy-caused flooding caused millions of dollars in damage.
“Sometimes people make wrong decisions,’’ Christie said. “They are not hanging offenses.”
Christie chastised some in the media he said misread the report as well as the penchant for Monday-morning quarterbacking.
The report had urged N.J. Transit to begin preparing for higher storm surges that could endanger rail yards.
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