SCHAER ASKS CHRISTIE TO INVESTIGATE PORT AUTHORITY’S PATTERN OF MISLEADING PUBLIC IN LIGHT OF LATEST TOLL HIKE REVELATIONS

Assemblyman Gary S. Schaer on Thursday wrote to Governor Christie asking the administration to immediately investigate whether the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (PANYNJ) has repeatedly misled the public after the latest revelation that the agency no longer intends to use funds from the recent toll hikes to rebuild the World Trade Center site, a claim the agency initially made numerous times when requesting the hikes.

In Schaer’s letter to Christie, he calls for the investigation in light of a series of recent events in which the agency appears to have “purposely misled the public in matters regarding toll increases, infrastructure replacement, allocation of funds to the World Trade Center and employee compensation.”

“If true, some of the actions taken by the PANYNJ appear to be abusive to commuters and business people, many of whom are concentrated in my own Bergen and Passaic County legislative district,” Schaer (D-Bergen/Essex/Passaic) noted in his letter. “Respectfully, I ask on behalf of my constituents, that your Administration, in concert with the State of New York, immediately investigate what has obviously and unfortunately become a recurring pattern of behavior at an independent authority critical to the economic viability of our region.”

“At a time of historic lack of public faith in the institutions of government, this behavior continues to undermine the public’s trust,” he concluded.

A full copy of Schaer’s letter can be viewed here.