Christie: NJ Transit talks won't derail vacation

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Gov. Chris Christie says he's monitoring negotiations between New Jersey Transit and rail worker unions who have threatened a strike this weekend, but says it won't keep him from taking a vacation.

Christie has said he's going on vacation to celebrate his 30th wedding anniversary on Tuesday. He plans to be back by the end of the week.

Rail unions have authorized a strike for early Sunday if no agreement is reached. More than 100,000 riders would be directly affected by a work stoppage.

The two sides met in Washington last Friday and were meeting in Newark on Monday. Christie said the negotiations continued over the weekend as well.

The Republican governor says he's monitoring the talks but that it isn't his job to be directly involved.

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