- Associated Press - Thursday, April 21, 2016

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - The Latest on New Jersey Transit’s new director deciding he doesn’t want the job. (all times local):

12:30 p.m.

Gov. Chris Christie says that he’s disappointed that the incoming New Jersey Transit head backed out of the job after telling him face-to-face he was going to take it.

Christie said Thursday that it’s better than William Crosbie had second thoughts before starting the job.

He says it’s important to keep your word when you look someone in the eye and accept a job offer.

The state Transportation Department says the Amtrak executive raised concerns about relocating his family from Virginia.

The former chief operating officer at Amtrak oversaw areas including transportation, infrastructure and security. He would have replaced Ronnie Hakim, who left last fall to take a job at New York’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority.

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10:15 a.m.

New Jersey Transit is resuming a search for a new director after the former Amtrak executive picked for the job decided he doesn’t want it.

The state Transportation Department says William Crosbie raised concerns about relocating his family from Virginia.

NJ Transit’s board on April 6 unanimously approved Crosbie as executive director. He was scheduled to start Monday.

The former chief operating officer at Amtrak oversaw areas including transportation, infrastructure and security. He would have replaced Ronnie Hakim, who left last fall to take a job at New York’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority.

In a statement, acting Transportation Commissioner Richard Hammer said the decision came as a surprise because of the enthusiasm they shared when Crosbie accepted the offer.

Interim executive director Dennis Martin will remain in the post until a new director is found.

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7:30 a.m.

New Jersey Transit’s next director has decided he doesn’t want the job.

The Wall Street Journal reports Thursday that former Amtrak executive William Crosbie changed his mind because of concerns over relocating his family from Virginia.

Acting Transportation Commissioner Richard Hammer said in a statement the decision came as a surprise because of the level of mutual enthusiasm they shared when he accepted the offer.

The former chief operating officer at Amtrak oversaw areas including transportation, infrastructure and security. He would have replaced Ronnie Hakim, who left last fall to take a job at New York’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority.


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