Gov. Chris Christie directed the state Attorney General to stop making the $2.5 to $5 million in monthly rent and maintenance payments to Amtrak until there has been an independent inspection to verify the Northeast Corridor is in a state of good repair, reports NJ.Com.
“Amtrak’s apparent disregard for NJ Transit’s customers is unacceptable to me,” Christie wrote to Amtrak officials on Wednesday.
He cited Monday’s derailment at Penn Station New York, which was originally characterized as minor, but caused damage that closed eight of 21 tracks in Penn Station. That caused NJ Transit to cut back on train service for four days while repairs are being made, causing overcrowding in stations and on trains. Read more at NJ.Com.