Panel to Review Transportation Budget

The state Senate's Budget Committee is poised to begin its review of Gov. Chris Christie's proposed budget.

The commissioners of the Transportation Department, NJ Transit and the Motor Vehicle Commission will be on hand Wednesday to answer questions.

Christie has proposed a $32.9 billion budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1. Lawmakers have until then to act on the governor's spending plan.

Sen. Tony Bucco, the budget panel's ranking Republican, says questions about how the state will fund needed road and bridge repairs will arise at the hearing. Bucco, who represents parts of Morris and Somerset counties, says the MVC will be commended for cutting wait times.

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Bucco says lawmakers want to be updated on the progress of repairs to rail cars flooded during Superstorm Sandy.

Sandy did billions dollar of damage around the Garden State and especially parts of the Jersey Shore and some North Jersey rail stations.

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