Audit Finds Excessive Perks At NJ Turnpike Authority

TRENTON, NJ (AP?WCBS 880) – Auditors say the New Jersey Turnpike Authority paid its employees $30 million in unjustified bonuses and squandered millions on health insurance while tolls increased.

The Comptroller’s Office audit released Tuesday says taxpayers also picked up the tab for free E-ZPass transponders, scholarships for workers’ kids and an employee bowling league.

LISTEN: WCBS 880’s Wayne Cabot talks with NJ State Comptroller Matt Boxer about what the audit found

The audit shows turnpike authority employees got bonuses and overtime for working their birthdays and holidays. Some were paid extra for removing snow.

In all, the audit found $43 million in wasteful spending in 2008 and 2009.

Comptroller Matt Boxer says the excesses happened as tolls increased on the Turnpike and Garden State Parkway in 2008. They’re slated to rise again in 2012.

The Turnpike Authority could not immediately be reached for comment.

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  • TT

    It would be nice if the article stated more details of the average bonus and overtime worked. Nothing wrong with bonus and OT. It may be the smart decisions to pay OT and bonus then to hire additional labor that you cannot keep busy all year round. With all the cutbacks, I would not be shock to see OT.

  • M Levy

    Take into consioderation that the toll collectors stand and take in auto fumes all day long to keep ou cars moving. What is that worth?

  • Chris Christie

    Hey, this is how politics works. Ya don’t like it? Boo-hoo. Now, get me a sandwich, chop-chop!

  • Heather

    Christie stands on his soap box rambling on about how much the new tunnel will cost, but says nothing about this?! Where’s the outrage Gov? Where’s the head-rolling?! What a tool!

  • Jim

    …I am not shocked, what do you expect in NJ…

  • Roy

    This Authority has always been corrupt,it’s made up of political appointee’s,and the theft has gone on for years unabated. Lets see Mr. Governor (Christie)fix this nightmare……………………..

    • Niko

      Christie has taken care of it already…. he filled it with his friends!
      See how it works!

  • Robert

    I’M SHOCKED, SHOCKED to find out they’ve been stealing over at the Turnpike… thing you know someone will say Sharpe James is a crook.

  • Moe

    I hope Gov Christie fires them all !!! We taxpayers are sick and tired of the abuse….

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