EDISON - The Bloomingdale man who burned pages of the Quran outside a planned mosque near Ground Zero has been fired from NJ Transit.

Derek Fenton worked for NJ Transit for 11 years. Agency officials said in a statement that Fenton was terminated because his public actions violated NJ Transit's code of ethics.

NJ Transit says it concluded that the 39-year-old violated his trust as a state employee and therefore was dismissed.

Fenton was reportedly inspired by the Florida pastor who had threatened to burn the Muslim holy book on Saturday.

News 12 New Jersey spoke with one of Fenton's neighbors who said that they were upset about Fenton getting fired, and that they thought since the burning took place outside of work, he shouldn't have been let go.