Extra security during GOP convention takes toll on NJ Transit funds
The presence of transit personnel and security officials almost outnumbered the commuters at Newark's Penn Station Monday, the first day of the Republican National Convention. But the extra security is taking a toll on New Jersey Transit funds.
NJ Transit official Dan Stessel says he expects to spend approximately $2 million on the entire security operation. He adds all of the security does not pay for itself, but there is no plan to fix the deficit.
While there was little chaos in Newark, there was a minor delay at the Hoboken Terminal. Passengers were evacuated from the PATH station after a suspicious package was found on one of the trains. The package was later deemed harmless and is being handled as a criminal investigation by the FBI.