The Port Authority and the Fort Lee Fiasco


On Monday November 25, I chaired a hearing of the Assembly Transportation Committee at which Port Authority Deputy Executive Director Bill Baroni testified about September’s closing of the Fort Lee...

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The Port Authority and the Fort Lee Fiasco

December 02, 2013

On Monday November 25, I chaired a hearing of the Assembly Transportation Committee at which Port Authority Deputy Executive Director Bill Baroni testified about September’s closing of the Fort Lee access lanes to the George Washington Bridge.

Baroni testified the closing was part of a traffic study but could not provide any documentation to support his claim. Nor could he provide any information to explain Executive Director Patrick Foye’s statement that the closings likely broke both state and federal laws.

Since Monday, the Star Ledger, The Record and Gannett newspapers have each editorialized about the Port Authority’s inadequate attempt to explain the decision to close the toll lanes.

I have also issued a subpoena to Executive Director Foye to appear before the Committee on Monday, December 9th and to produce documents to help shed light on the agency’s decision and decision-making process.

As I stated in this video following the last hearing, the explanation they have given has done little to help us understand the agency’s decision:

Despite a budget that exceeds that of more than half of the states in this country, the Port Authority has become an agency that operates with little accountability and no transparency. It has lost sight of what it means to serve the public and I intend to continue my pursuit of the truth about this matter as well as the long list of other issues that have raised questions and concerns about the agency’s operations and management.

Assemblyman John S. Wisniewski, Chair
Assembly Transportation, Public Works and Independent Authorities Committee