It’s official – we saved the Union Dry Dock property from being taken over by Chris Christie and NJ Transit! This is a HUGE victory for Hoboken and our mission to preserve our waterfront.
Today’s final decision would not have been possible without the grassroots support from so many residents, civic groups and elected officials. We collectively stood up to the disgraceful actions of Chris Christie and NJ Transit, which purposefully rescheduled a last minute “emergency” vote to take over our waterfront land on the LAST DAY of the Christie administration, which happened to be of all days, Martin Luther King Jr. Day! But, because we raised our voices and made it clear that a forced decision without any type of engagement with our community was unacceptable, the NJ Transit Board backed down today.
I want to thank Governor-elect Phil Murphy, who was fully supportive of our efforts, as well as Senator Booker, Senator Menendez, former Mayor Dawn Zimmer, our Assembly delegation, and City Council. I look forward to working with our elected officials and entire community to put forward thoughtful proposals to complete the last piece of our precious waterfront.
A final thank you to the many residents who joined me in Newark today for the meeting, and to all those who spoke out over the last several weeks. It was your advocacy that helped make the difference.
Mayor Ravi Bhalla