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Poll: What’s the Best Way to Put the Port Authority on the Right Track?

Is it possible to come up with a bipartisan fix for this troubled bistate agency?

This week marks the second anniversary of the September 2013 lane closures at the George Washington Bridge that, according to federal prosecutors, were carried out as part of a plot to punish the mayor of Fort Lee for not endorsing Gov. Chris Christie's 2013 re-election campaign. Two former top Port Authority officials with ties to Christie and a former high-level member of Christie's staff in Trenton are facing charges in connection to the scandal known as Bridgegate. The lane closures have also spawned investigations into other areas, including the actions of former Port Authority Chairman David Samson, and inspired competing pieces of legislation to reform the Port Authority, with Republicans supporting a bill that has already cleared the New York Legislature but Democrats here backing a measure that would go further.

In Trenton today, legislators will discuss the competing bills and try to figure out a way for one bill to emerge on a bipartisan basis.

How do you think they should reform the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey?

  • The Democrats are right, the Port Authority needs substantial change and lawmakers should adopt the strongest bill they can. The Republican version leaves out any remedies if the governor’s office and the Port Authority join forces as was the case with Bridgegate. What kind of reform is that?

  • Here’s the problem: New York has already approved a reform bill that mirrors the one created by New Jersey’s Republicans. Don’t let the perfect become the enemy of the good. Democrats should get out of the way and throw their support behind the existing measure. If they don’t, they are unlikely to see anything but a big fat veto.

  • It doesn't really matter. You can adopt all the new regulations in the world, but it will always be too tempting for some officials to abuse their power and cross the line into criminal conduct. Sadly, these guys will always figure out a way.

  • Who cares? As long as the Port Authority gets all of its infrastructure running smoothly -- the bridges, tunnels, airports and PATH trains -- no one really cares about what rules the executives and other employees are subject to.

  • It's a lost cause. The agency has become too big and too wasteful to salvage, and it's time to start over. Divvy up all the assets between the two states and go from there. It’s not like New Jersey gets its due anyway -- look at the arguments over a new tunnel.

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