TRENTON, NJ -- Governor Phil Murphy has nominated Janna Chernetz, a Scotch Plains resident and Deputy Director for New Jersey Policy at Tri-State Transportation Campaign (TSTC), to NJ Transit’s Board of Directors.

“I am honored to be nominated for such a critical position in the Garden State. Not only is it my career, but also my passion,” said Chernetz, who has testified at numerous hearings about NJ Transit’s ongoing troubles and has devised solutions to address those issues. “I look forward to working with the talented team at NJT, the Governor and the legislature on their continued efforts to restore NJT to the leading national agency that it once was and that commuters deserve.”

For much of the past decade, Chernetz has focused on advocacy efforts on issues related to the NJ state budget, pedestrian and bicycle safety, responsible transportation spending, and investment decisions. She also helps enhance economic development and health through the connection of land-use and transportation.

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Chernetz meets regularly with NJ Department of Transportation (DOT) and NJ Transit, as well as members of the NJ Assembly and other state officials regarding transportation policy. She has also advised municipal leaders on submitting applications for federal and state transportation-related grants that improve road safety and improve economic vitality.

“I am thrilled to hear from Janna on her nomination,” said Fanwood Mayor Colleen Mahr, co-founder of the Raritan Valley Line Mayor’s Alliance, a group of 32 mayors fighting for peak one-seat ride along the RVL. “I could think of no better selection with her national background as a transit expert and the fact she is a Raritan Valley Line rider who understands first-hand the challenges our line continues to experience.”

“I applaud Governor Murphy for nominating such a caliber individual which is in keeping his commitment to not only fix NJ Transit, but also to move forward with equitable train service for our Raritan Valley line riders,” Mayor Mahr added. “I look forward to supporting her nomination as it heads to the state Senate Judiciary Committee, which is chaired by our State Senator Nick Scutari.”

"Congratulations to Janna on her nomination to the Board of NJ Transit. She is clearly a superior choice for this position," said Mayor Al Smith, who is also a member of the Raritan Valley Line Mayor’s Alliance. "I look forward to continuing to work with her on transportation issues, such as Complete Streets and additional bus service in Scotch Plains."

One of the state’s top experts in transportation policy, Chernetz’s focus is on issues related to restoring funding of the New Jersey Transportation Trust Fund and the state budget. She champions responsible transportation spending and investment decisions and enhancing economic development through the connection of land-use and transportation.

Her success are impressive. At TSTC, Chernetz has spearheaded successful campaigns to provide for bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure as part of the $341 million Route 35 Sandy Rebuild project and to restore funding for Transit Villages and Safe Streets to Transit programs.

Earlier in her career, Chernetz was a senior attorney at Pomper & Associates in the family law practice and worked as assistant legislative counsel at the New Jersey State Bar Association. She is a graduate of Rutgers (1999) and Vermont Law School (2002).

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