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NJ Senate Bill Would Restrict Perks For Port Authority Workers

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Holland Tunnel Tolls (credit: CBS 2)

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TRENTON, NJ (AP) - A New Jersey Senate panel has advanced a bill that would end the free tolls, sports tickets and other perks that have sometimes been given to commissioners and staff with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.

The bill heard Monday by the Transportation Committee would impose new restrictions in the wake of reports of patronage and perks for Port Authority executives.

Bill Baroni, deputy executive director of the Port Authority, says the agency has already eliminated free E-ZPass and other perks.

The committee also advanced a bill increasing transparency over Port Authority operations, including toll increases.

New Jersey and New York would have to enact substantially similar legislation for the law to become effective at the bistate agency.

(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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