Audit To Examine Decade Of Port Authority Spending

FORT LEE, NJ (AP/WCBS 880) – Officials say an audit will take a closer look at Port Authority employee compensation and why costs are rising to rebuild the World Trade Center.

WCBS 880’s Paul Murnane On The Story

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo ordered the examination as a condition of toll increases they approved last month. It is due to be completed within 90 days.

The agency’s commissioners on Thursday said the audit will look to limit money-losing projects and find new revenue sources.

Port Authority chairman David Samson told The Record newspaper the agency has decreased revenues and higher operating expenses.

Christie has criticized spending on the World Trade Center project, saying it has been mismanaged. The cost is projected to be more than $11 billion.

Some speculate that could cost Port Authority executive director Chris Ward his job. Samson said he can’t comment on Ward’s future, but Ward has said he welcomes the audit.

Vehicles approach the George Washington Bridge toll plaza - Fort Lee, NJ - Sep 23, 2011 (credit: Paul Murnane / WCBS 880)

Vehicles approach the George Washington Bridge toll plaza - Fort Lee, NJ - Sep 23, 2011 (credit: Paul Murnane / WCBS 880)

On Sunday September 18, tolls on the six Port Authority bridges and tunnels went up, as did fares on the PATH rail system.

It now costs $12 for cash customers to cross those bridges and tunnels. E-ZPass customers get a discount.

A New Jersey man has filed a lawsuit against the Port Authority over those hikes, claiming they are discriminating against him because he is poor.

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  • Mike

    An audit is just a puppet show for the children. They treat the public like lilttle children so nothing will change from this auditing. This auditing thing has been going on for decades and look what’s happened? It’s still yet another auditing BS. Just to give everyone a terminology. This is like “let me spend $100 first and then I’ll tell you why I spent it.”. Corruption down to the bones.

  • ted

    Who is performing the audit. It needs to be independent

  • AA

    Nothing will come out of the audit. The governor will move the head of PA to another agency, tolls and fares will not go down and the governors will make it look like they are really concerned by the hikes. All BS. These politicians are just just taking us for a ride.

  • bullett

    When I worked for a freight forwarding company in Port Elizabeth, the P.A. had a storage warehouse next to ours filled with used furniture. One cannot imagine the amount stored there, along with the like new condition. Some of what they disposed of, we used or it was sometimes picked out of the dumpster by others. I guess as the revolving door of management changes within the Port, it requires or allows one to put out the old (furnishings) and buy new, regardless of how (new) or old it was. Oh, and the last time I checked office furniture prices, nothing comes cheap.

  • D

    Oh please…don’t insult us. You know you are going to find massive abuses and misappropriation of funds….yet you will do absolutely nothing about it.

    Don’t waste our time making us angrier than we already are.

    • bullett

      And we’re supposed to have compassion for you fool’s after raising the tolls? What’s next the PATH system?

  • karlson

    It’s going to be interesting to see what the audit comes up with. PANY/NJ is an agency that is out of control and needs to have it’s wings clipped.

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