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Bipartisan Push to Reform the Port Authority

With several blockbuster capital projects in the pipeline, lawmakers say increased legislative oversight of bistate agency is critical

There’s bipartisan support in Trenton for increased legislative oversight of the Port Authority. Promoting a bill that would give lawmakers subpoena power and compel top officials from the authority to testify when called, Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle (D-Bergen) said yesterday such a measure was more critical now than ever.

Lawmakers cited new capital projects, including terminals at Newark and LaGuardia airports, a new bus terminal and the Gateway Tunnel, as reasons both New York and New Jersey need to strengthen their policing of the Port Authority.

“Well, we can always hope,” Assemblyman Anthony Bucco (R-Morris) said. “This is legislation that’s long overdue. We’ve seen the problems that exist at the Port Authority. Hopefully, this legislation will clean it up.”

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