TRENTON – Amid conversations about the region’s public transportation crisis, U.S. Senator Cory Booker (D-N.J.) reached out to Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx and Gov. Chris Christie to schedule a sit-down among the parties of interest in the projected Gateway Program, sources tell PolitickerNJ.
Booker, the sources said, secured commitments from both Fox and Christie for a meeting at the senator’s office on August 18th.
Booker has been using his influence behind the scenes with Christie – and with the help of state Commissioner of Transportation Jamie Fox – to get the governor pointed toward the issue. The senator called Christie the weekend after the transit delays and told him, “Let’s start a real conversation.”
Transportation Secretary Fox later sent a joint letter to Christie and New York Governor Andrew Cuomo urging them to support the program, which Amtrak rep Steve Gardner vigorously advocated for today at a state Senate Legislative Oversight Committee hearing.