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December 15, 2004

NEWARK, NJ – NJ TRANSIT’s Board of Directors today welcomed Verice M. Mason to the Corporation’s Board. Ms. Mason was appointed last month as Acting Governor Codey’s Chief of the Authorities Unit, a position that serves as the Governor’s representative on the NJ TRANSIT Board.

“Given the breadth of important transportation issues facing the State of New Jersey, I am encouraged by Governor Codey’s choice of Verice Mason to the Board of NJ TRANSIT,” said NJ TRANSIT Board Chairman and Commissioner of Transportation of the State of New Jersey Jack Lettiere.

“Verice Mason brings to NJ TRANSIT an impressive background in the public and private sectors,” Executive Director Warrington said. “She is certain to make a valuable contribution to our Board and to NJ TRANSIT customers.”

Ms. Mason has more than twenty-five years of experience with state agencies, law firms and insurance companies. Most recently, she served as Senior Vice President and General Counsel for New Jersey State Medical Underwriters, Inc., which administers the operations of the MIIX Group, Inc. and MDAdvantage Insurance Company of New Jersey.

As part of her extensive background in public service, Ms. Mason served as Assistant Commissioner for Legislative and Regulatory Affairs for the New Jersey Department of Insurance for more than nine years. During her tenure, Ms. Mason aided in the formulation of insurance policies under three Insurance Commissioners and served as the legislative lobbyist for the Department.

Ms. Mason also served as an Assistant Deputy Public Advocate in the New Jersey Department of the Public Advocate, where she represented the public’s interest in insurance rate cases and high-impact employment litigation.

As Authorities Chief, Ms. Mason serves as the Governor’s liaison to more than 40 independent state authorities, boards and commissions.

Ms. Mason received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland and her Doctor of Law degree from Rutgers School of Law in Newark. She is admitted to the New Jersey Courts, the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and the Supreme Court of the United States.

Ms. Mason currently resides in Metuchen with her husband, Mark Holbert, and her two sons.