A proposal to add real commuters top NJ Transit's Board of Directors moved one step closer to reality as the state Senate passed a bill to accomplish this; the bill now moves to the desk of Gov. Christie, according to reporting by Larry Higgs for NJ Advance Media. If signed by the Governor, one rail and one bus commuter would sit on the board as full, voting members. The two commuters would be nominated by the Tri-State Transportation Campaign. Michael Phelan, co-founder of the New Jersey Commuters Action Network (NJ-CAN) said that "Board members, with very few exceptions, are not currently regular passengers on NJ Transit trains or buses. Therefore, they lack the unique perspective that commuters have gained." The bill was introduced by State Senator Raymond Lesniak (D-Union), and passed with a vote of 36-0 on December 20.