New NJ Transit director decides not to take job

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NEW JERSEY — The search is on again for the director of New Jersey Transit 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 direct or Dennis Martin will remain in the post until a new director is found.

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