Countless Hudson County, and even a couple Essex County, officials gathered inside a tent set up at the PATH Station to speak out against the possibility of the Port Authority cutting overnight PATH service from 1 a.m. until 5 a.m., which came out as a suggestion in a special panel report published on Saturday, December 27.
Leading the charge was U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ), who slammed the Port Authority’s ability to hammer out a budget based on the results of their own 2012 audit.
U.S. Rep. Albio Sires (D-8) then attacked the controversial bi-state agency for potentially hurting hard-working families.
Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto (D-32) said he would have a dialogue with Port Authority Chairman John Degnan about the recent report, also calling for transparency and accountability by the agency, before State Senator (D-32) Nick Sacco summed up his feelings on the possible PATH service cuts in one word.
Newark Mayor Ras Baraka, as well as State Senator Ronald Rice (D-28), spoke out how this issue effects Essex County.
Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer said that elected officials should not relent on this issue until the Port Authority and Governor Chris Christie to publicly denounce any plans to eliminate any PATH service.
Additionally, Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop took a shot at Degnan during a question and answer session after the press conference.