Wisniewski: Port Authority of NY/NJ Needs ‘Top-to-Bottom’ Reform

(TRENTON) — Assembly Transportation Committee Chairman John S. Wisniewski (D-Middlesex) had the following published recently in the Newark Star-Ledger:

“The Port Authority has been dysfunctional for years, with this governor’s office its willing partner. All anyone needs to understand about this agency is that its budget is larger than that of 26 states and that most New Jersey commuters using Port Authority crossings pay more in tolls than in New Jersey state income taxes.

“For years now, as chairman of the Assembly Transportation Committee, I used existing laws to try and pry information from the Port Authority on its out-of-control spending, but the agency either made excuses or ignored requests. They acted as though they were above the law.

“So when I hear talk of reforming the agency, I agree. However, the Port Authority is in need of more than just one fix here or a remedy there. It is in need of top to bottom reform in almost every aspect of its structure and operation…”

To read the rest of the assemblyman’s op-ed, click here.