U.S. Rep. Donald Payne, Jr. (D-10) joined Jersey City officials and activists to discuss how to avert a disaster, specifically to stiffen regulations on tank cars that transport highly flammable oil throughout the state.
The event, which was a meeting of the South Greenville Neighborhood Association, saw Jersey City Councilwoman-at-large Joyce Watterman say she was present “to look, listen and learn” before Payne explained the particulars that led to his introduction of the Tank Car Safety and Security Act.
During the roughly 90-minute session, Payne took a variety of questions from the audience.
Coalition to Ban Unsafe Oil Trains founder Paula Rogovin also added some statistics to the discussion to put everything into perspective.
Jersey City Fire Department Battalion Chief Robert Daly and City OEM & Homeland Security Director W. Greg Kierce also addressed some of the safety concerns of those on hand.
After the meeting ended, Payne spoke to Hudson County View to summarize why tank car safety could potentially be a major issue in the Garden State.
District 3 Freeholder Gerard Balmir, Jersey City Council President Rolando Lavarro and Ward F Councilwoman Diane Coleman, as well as District 31 Democratic Assembly nominee Angela McKnight also attended the event.