NEWARK - Gov. Chris Christie says he didn't object to New Jersey Transit firing a worker who publicly burned pages from the Quran on the ninth anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks.

Christie said yesterday at a town hall event that he knew transit worker Derek Fenton was going to be fired, but said it wasn't done on his orders.

A lawsuit filed on Fenton's behalf by the American Civil Liberties Union claims the firing violated his constitutional right to free expression.

NJ Transit said Fenton violated the agency's code of ethics.

Lawyers for the transit agency disclosed during a court hearing last week that Christie and several of his top aides were on a list of people with information concerning the decision to discharge Fenton.

AP wire services contributed to this report.