Booker cites train derailments in ‘no’ vote on Trump nominee

 Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., asks questions during his first committee hearing since being sworn in last week. (J. Scott Applewhite/AP Photo, file)

Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., asks questions during his first committee hearing since being sworn in last week. (J. Scott Applewhite/AP Photo, file)

The recent train derailments at New York’s Penn Station have made their way into the nomination vote for a new deputy secretary of transportation.

New Jersey Democratic Sen. Cory Booker told fellow committee members Wednesday he was voting against nominee Jeff Rosen for what he considered a lack of commitment to infrastructure spending.

Two derailments in the last two weeks have created headaches for commuters and highlighted the state of the region’s aging infrastructure.

Train service from Long Island and New Jersey into New York City was still operating on an abbreviated scheduled Wednesday morning, two days after a derailment in the station early Monday.

Booker called it “unconscionable” that a critical artery that supports hundreds of millions of dollars in economic activity is in such grave condition.

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