Amtrak CEO: Christie vow to withhold funds won’t solve issue

 Amtrak CEO Wick Moorman holds a news conference, Thursday, April 6, 2017, in New York's Penn Station. Moorman says that a train derailment in New York that has caused major delays for commuters at the nation's busiest rail hub was caused when a track split after the train went over a weakened wooden railroad tie. (Mark Lennihan/AP Photo)

Amtrak CEO Wick Moorman holds a news conference, Thursday, April 6, 2017, in New York's Penn Station. Moorman says that a train derailment in New York that has caused major delays for commuters at the nation's busiest rail hub was caused when a track split after the train went over a weakened wooden railroad tie. (Mark Lennihan/AP Photo)

Amtrak’s CEO is pushing back against New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s vow to halt payments to Amtrak following a second derailment at New York City’s Penn Station.

The Republican governor said in a letter that he directed New Jersey Transit to withhold funds until an independent inspection verifies that Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor is in a state of good repair.

NJ Transit says it paid Amtrak $62 million last year for maintenance and repairs.

On Thursday, Amtrak CEO Wick Moorman said he understands Christie is frustrated but added that withholding money “is not going to solve any of the problems.”

Full rail service at Penn Station is expected to be restored Friday morning, four days after Monday’s derailment.

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