Gov. Christie Wants Veto Power Over Authorities

MIDDLETOWN, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is using the firing of six of the seven commissioners at the state’s largest sewerage authority to renew his call for veto power over the actions of such agencies.

Christie told a town hall audience in Middletown on Wednesday that he wants the final say over the actions of the Passaic Valley Sewerage Authority and similar agencies.

Christie says the Passaic Valley commissioners engaged in unethical conduct, including hiring family members for high-paying jobs.

Senate President Stephen Sweeney says giving the governor veto authority would hand him too much power.

Sweeney wants better hiring practices. Other lawmakers have called for stricter oversight of the sewerage authority.

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One Comment

  1. aldous huxley says:

    I understand the need to curb this type of corruption that these commissioners engaged in.

    But Steve Sweeney is right – we cannot centralize too much power in the Governor’s office. Christie may have honest intentions here (I hope), but what about his successors?

    One of the key components of what our Founding Fathers were trying to do when establishing this country was to decentralize power – the states were to have more power than the federal government, and the local governments were to have more power than the states.

    Otherwise, we wind up on the road to tyranny. The Founding Fathers actually did know what they were doing – they knew from experience.

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