Saturday, December 27, 2014

Italian Governors Cuomo (NY) and Christie (NJ) Vow to Protect Corruption and Cronyism at NY-NJ Port Authority

Pro-Corruption I-talian Governors Christie of New Jersey and Andrew Cuomo of New York

The governors of New York and New Jersey, defying the unanimous votes of both their Legislatures, on Saturday rejected a bill aimed at curbing political interference and patronage at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, more than a year after lane closings on the George Washington Bridge set off a scandal that looms over the agency to this day. 

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo of New York, a Democrat, announced the veto of the bill just hours before a midnight deadline and in the face of an almost unheard-of bipartisan support. 

Because the authority is governed by both New York and New Jersey, approval is needed by both legislatures to make changes in its structure and operations, on Saturday night, the anger at the governors’ rejection of the bill was felt on both sides of the Hudson River.

“It’s appalling and disappointing,” said Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle, a Democrat of Bergen County, N.J., who sponsored the bill in Trenton. “Today’s actions clearly demonstrate both governors want to continue the same old scandalous problems at the Port Authority.”

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