Christie and Cuomo offer their own Port Authority reforms, block legislators’ efforts
DECEMBER 27, 2014, 1:34 PM LAST UPDATED: SUNDAY, DECEMBER 28, 2014, 9:39 AM
BY SHAWN BOBURG
STAFF WRITER |
Governor Christie and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo blocked the efforts of lawmakers in both states to reform the Port Authority and instead endorsed their own sweeping proposal on Saturday, nearly a year after the George Washington Bridge lane closure scandal brought the agency under unprecedented scrutiny and criticism.
The governors agreed to no longer appoint the agency’s two top executives. They encouraged it to shed its real-estate holdings, including the World Trade Center. And they endorsed redirecting money previously set aside for the governors’ pet projects toward a new Manhattan bus terminal and other initiatives that will benefit commuters moving between New Jersey and New York, they said in a joint statement that accompanied a 103-page report of reform recommendations.