Sunday, January 4, 2015

How serious are NJ efforts to reform port authorities?

NJ Senate President Steve Sweeney with Gov. Chris Christie. Tom Gralish photo
“New Jersey Democrats are fuming over last-minute vetoes issued by Govs. Christie and Andrew Cuomo of their proposed overhaul of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. But while lawmakers have expended great energy trying to overhaul that agency, they have left alone another one with its own share of problems: the Delaware River Port Authority.”

The Philadelphia Inquirer’s Andrew Seidman writes today:

“In April, New Jersey and Pennsylvania lawmakers stood near the Camden waterfront and took the unusual step of announcing bistate legislation to reorganize the DRPA, which for more than a year has been under investigation by the U.S. Attorney's Office in Philadelphia over hundreds of millions of dollars in politically connected economic-development spending.

“The bill - which would prohibit such spending, require biennial audits, and force the agency to comply with the two states' public-records laws - has advanced in Pennsylvania but gone nowhere in the Garden State."

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