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NJ Transit head James Weinstein to resign

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DAVID PORTER | AP

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) -- The head of New Jersey's beleaguered public transit agency is stepping down.

NJ Transit Executive Director James Weinstein informed employees in a letter Tuesday that he has submitted a letter of resignation to Gov. Chris Christie and will leave March 2.

A copy of the letter was obtained by The Associated Press.

Weinstein oversaw numerous projects that expanded the reach of the nation's third largest transit agency. But he'll also be remembered for two recent events that caused controversy.

A decision to leave rail cars and locomotives in low-lying train yards in Kearny and Hoboken before Superstorm Sandy led to more than $100 million in flood damage.

And ridership projections for the Super Bowl at MetLife Stadium were far off-base, leading to lengthy delays.

Before heading NJ Transit, Weinstein was state transportation commissioner and then vice president of a transportation consulting firm.

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