By Fred Frailey, TRAINS Magazine; January 10, 2018
Foolishness by the senators from New York and New Jersey continues. Six months ago, these four Democrats—Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand of New York and Bob Menendez and Cory Booker of New Jersey—put a “hold” on the confirmation vote for Ronald Batory to run the Federal Railroad Administration. Bear in mind that Batory, a career railroad officer, is the only person actually qualified to hold this job since the early days of the agency.
The reason for the hold, you will recall, is that the Fab Four wanted President Trump to put billions into the federal budget to fund new railroad tunnels under the Hudson River, rebuild the existing, century-old tubes and construct a new bridge over the Hackensack River at Portal, N.J. Do that, they said to the White House, and we will release our “hold” and permit a vote on Batory.