Vainieri Huttle: What’s Good for the Goose is Good for the Gander

Assemblywoman Calls on Christie to Impose Belt Tightening Regime at Port Authority

Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle (D-Bergen) on Thursday called on Governor Christie to impose the same belt-tightening requirements at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (PANYNJ) as he has for local governments and other authorities in light of the latest report about exorbitant perks for the agency’s top brass.

“For two years, the Governor has told local governments and school districts to tighten their belts and do more with less in light of his budget cuts. Why is this same mentality not being applied to the Port Authority?

“The Governor’s silence on this issue is deafening. I’m dismayed at the lack of outrage he has shown regarding the agency’s dysfunction.

“Daily commuters to New York are now paying an average of $3,000 a year due to the recent toll hikes and yet the Port Authority is using questionable practices to squander taxpayer dollars on lavish perks and exorbitant pension payouts.

“It’s time the Governor stand up and make the Port Authority learn to live within its means, just like taxpayers and local governments have been forced to do in this economy,” said Vainieri Huttle.