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A purge of political appointees may be underway at NJ Transit, with Gov.-elect asking for the resignation of 100 senior staff members, NJ Advance Media has learned.

The requests were made in a letter sent to NJ Transit Executive Director Steven Santoro from Murphy's transition team. The 100 people covered by letter have until the end of the week to submit their resignation letters.

Those who submit a letter will be allowed to keep working in their current job unless the transition team or Murphy's nominee for Transportation Commissioner tells them otherwise, the letter said. 

Murphy called NJ Transit a "national disgrace" when he nominated Diane Gutierrez-Scaccetti for transportation commissioner last month. Murphy made reforming NJ Transit a campaign issue and said the agency must be turned "upside down" and shaken up to "make it right again." 

The letter provided to NJ Advance Media did not include a list of names, which a source said was at least 100 people. Questions about the letter and employees covered by it were not answered by a Murphy spokesman.

The letter comes less than a week after Santoro announced his resignation, effective in April. NJ Turnpike Authority Executive Director Joe Mrozek resigned in December and said he was doing so to allow the new administration to make an appointment.

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