New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on Thursday said that a low-level manager — not the state’s mass transit chief — was to blame for failing to move trains to higher ground during Superstorm Sandy, causing $120 million in damage. Christie said that since the employee was a civil servant, he can’t be fired.
Sandy’s surge overwhelmed low-lying rail yards, damaging 273 rail cars and 82 locomotives. Joe Lhota, New York’s transit chief, moved all trains onto higher ground, allowing them to resume services days after the storm.