NJ Politics Digest: Is NJ Transit Bad Enough to Impact Today’s Election?

Democratic congressional candidate Mikie Sherrill encouraged voters to cast their votes before work instead of relying on NJ Transit to get them home before polls close.

A New Jersey polling station
A New Jersey polling station. EDUARDO MUNOZ ALVAREZ/AFP/Getty Images

NJ Transit is infamous among New Jersey commuters for its bad service and on Election Day at least one candidate isn’t willing to bet her candidacy on its ability to get folks home in time to vote.

NJ.com reports that Democratic congressional candidate Mikie Sherrill told volunteers in her campaign to encourage voters to consider casting their votes before going to work instead of relying on NJ Transit to get them home before polls close.

Sherrill, who is locked in a tight race with Republican Jay Webber in the 11th Congressional District, has good reason to be concerned. As the NJ.com report notes, NJ Transit is second-worst in the nation when it comes to breakdowns, and commuters have complained repeatedly that the agency routinely fails to provide timely information about breakdowns and delays.

Gov. Phil Murphy, who campaigned on a promise to improve service on NJ Transit, continues to blame the Christie administration for the agency’s problems. He held a press conference at the beginning of August promising to fix the agencies ongoing problems, and then in September awarded a public relations firm a $250,000 contract to recommend how to improve the agency’s communications.

Sherrill, however, isn’t waiting for the agencies recommendations. As she said, according to the report, “I tell people, ‘Maybe vote in the morning if you have to go to Manhattan?’ Let’s not rely on NJ Transit right now.”

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