Migrant Transport Route Altered: New Jersey Central in Busing to NYC Per Governor’s Directive


New Jersey’s pivotal role in migrant family transit sparks a statewide conversation following New York City Mayor Eric Adams’ executive order.

Confirming the influx of migrant buses, Gov. Phil Murphy’s office acknowledged the arrival of several buses carrying migrant families at NJ TRANSIT train stations. 

Tyler Jones, a spokesperson for the Governor, affirmed that New Jersey serves as a transit point for these families en route to their final destination in New York City. Coordination with federal and local partners, including those across the Hudson, remains a priority in handling this matter.

Mayors from various New Jersey towns like Secaucus, Fanwood, and Trenton have reported similar instances of migrant buses arriving at their train stations. Secaucus Mayor Michael Gonnelli raised concerns that these buses are evading the regulations set by Mayor Adams’ executive order through a perceived loophole. 

Gonnelli stated that buses arrived at Secaucus Junction, allowing migrants to continue their journey into New York City, bypassing the stipulated requirements of the order.

Navigating Migrant Transit Complexities

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New Jersey’s pivotal role in migrant family transit sparks a statewide conversation following New York City Mayor Eric Adams’ executive order.

Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop, who is eyeing the gubernatorial race in 2025, emphasized the necessity of awaiting guidance from the Governor on the ensuing steps as the influx of buses persists. He underscored the importance of this being a statewide conversation, hinting at the far-reaching implications of this situation.

The executive order signed by Mayor Adams demands bus operators to give advanced notice of arrivals and restricts drop-off hours, a measure that Gonnelli sees as overly stringent and leading to unintended consequences.

As reports of buses arriving from Texas and Louisiana continue to surface, concerns over compliance with the order persist. The order necessitates detailed passenger manifests and imposes specific drop-off times and locations, a criterion that some operators seem to be sidestepping through their actions.

With the situation evolving and spreading to various train stations across the state, Gonnelli pledged to collaborate with state and county officials while maintaining vigilant oversight.

As New Jersey grapples with its role in this transit of migrants, the need for cohesive measures and adherence to regulations becomes increasingly imperative. 

The collaboration between local, state, and federal authorities will play a crucial role in addressing these complexities while ensuring the welfare of all involved parties.

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