Christie names NJ Transit, turnpike authority executive directors

Gov. Chris Christie announced new executive directors to take the reins of NJ Transit and the New Jersey Turnpike Authority Tuesday afternoon.

The governor announced Veronique (Ronnie) Hakim, who currently serves as executive director of the turnpike authority, will become the new top official at NJ Transit.

Hakim will replace Jim Weinstein, who told staffers in an email Tuesday that he’s stepping down from the role effective March 2.

Joseph Mrozek, currently deputy commissioner at the state Department of Transportation, will become the new executive director of the New Jersey Turnpike Authority.

“Both Ronnie and Joe have been effective, capable professionals who focus relentlessly on getting the job done for our state. I want to thank each of them for their willingness to continue to serve the people of New Jersey in these new roles,” Christie said in a statement.

“I also want to thank Jim Weinstein for his dedication and service through our entire first term together,” he said. “I wish him well in the next phase of his career.”

Christie names NJ Transit, turnpike authority executive directors