Matt Friedman, Politico
HACKENSACK — Is Andrew Cuomo pulling a Chris Christie?
State Senator Loretta Weinberg, at least, sees a similarity in the way the two governors treat the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.
“This is a governor trying to take control of the Port Authority through manipulation, intimidation and bullying,” said Weinberg, a Bergen County Democrat who co-chaired the Legislature’s investigation into the George Washington Bridge lane closure scandal, referring to Cuomo. “We in New Jersey are already familiar with that.”
New Jersey lawmakers — especially those in North Jersey who have many commuter constituents — desperately want a replacement to the decrepit Port Authority Bus Terminal, and had secured a place for it in the agency’s 10-year capital plan.
But as POLITICO reported this week, Cuomo and Post Authority chairman John Degnan can't come to terms on the amount of money to be spent on the bus terminal. Degnan, a New Jersey appointee, wants roughly $3.5 billion. Cuomo, whose top authority-related priorities are upgrades to Kennedy and LaGuardia airports, wants no more than $2 billion.Read more
Vainieri Huttle, Johnson, Eustace & Lagana Join with State and Federal Officials to Advocate for Port Authority Bus Terminal on West Side of Manhattan
Officials Call for Preservation of One-Seat Ride to New York for New Jersey Commuters
Assembly Democrats Valerie Vainieri Huttle, Gordon Johnson, Tim Eustace and Joseph Lagana joined with other state and federal officials Thursday on a bipartisan basis to call for the construction of a new bus terminal in New York that will preserve a one-seat ride to New York for New Jersey's commuters and create economic growth throughout the bi-state region.Read more
Vainieri Huttle, Wisniewski, Lagana & Eustace React to Christie Blocking Port Authority Reforms Once Again
Assembly Democrats Valerie Vainieri Huttle, John Wisniewski, Joseph Lagana and Tim Eustace on Monday called out Gov. Christie for his latest attempt to block reforms at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (PANYNJ) by conditionally vetoing overhaul legislation they sponsored to create transparency and accountability at the embattled agency.
The bill (S-708/A-2184), known as the "Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Transparency and Accountability Act," would have guaranteed legislative oversight of the agency as it undertakes a number of high profile construction projects critical to the region's future.
"The Governor's repeated actions to block real reform at the Port Authority speak volumes," said Vainieri Huttle (D-Bergen). "We worked exhaustingly to make sure that this latest bill transforms the culture that has allowed dysfunction, waste and abuse to exist for too long while ensuring that the Port Authority is refocused on critical transportation infrastructure needs and, importantly, guarantees that New Jersey has an equal seat at the table. Why the governor would choose a path that weakens New Jersey's role is beyond me. Our number one priority all along has been to make sure reforms are substantive in nature and not simply business as usual masquerading as reform. I am thoroughly reviewing the Governor's recommendations and will discuss it with my colleagues as we decide our next steps."
"After his eleventh-hour Christmas weekend veto of the previous bill, the Governor pledged to support a substantive overhaul of the Port Authority. Now, once again, he's thrown up another road block," said Wisniewski (D-Middlesex). "While not surprising, given his tangled relationship with the agency, it is still disappointing nonetheless. Our commuters deserve far more than a governor who endorses and enables the status quo."
By Margaret Donovan and Richard Hughes
The public's best chance to finally hold the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey accountable to the people will expire on Monday.
That is the deadline for Gov. Chris Christie to either sign or veto the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Transparency and Accountability Act, which was sent to his desk April 7. It is the companion to a bill already signed last year by New York's Gov. Mario Cuomo.Read more
By Bridget Harrison -- The Record
THE PROSPECT of a potential Chris Christie vice presidential nomination seemed just a little more likely this week, as it became mathematically impossible for Sen. Ted Cruz to win enough first-round delegates to secure the Republican nomination.
Governor Christie's increased clout comes despite his wife's now-infamous eye-roll seen all over the world this past week (New Jersey first lady Mary Pat Christie seemed to express some derision at Donald Trump's scathing characterization of Hillary Clinton). And while it's still a long way to go before we can imagine Vice President Christie, we do know some of the obstacles he will face in his attempt to be a heartbeat away from the presidency.
One of those obstacles involves traffic cones.Read more
NJ and NY Legislators Ask Christie to Sign Port Authority Transparency Bill Read more at NJ and NY Legislators Ask Christie to Sign Port Authority Bill
Alyana Alfaro, Politicker NJ
FORT LEE – With the George Washington Bridge looming behind them, a bi-state group of legislators gathered to ask New Jersey Governor Chris Christie to approve the Port Authority reform bill that passed in the New Jersey legislature and went to his desk on April 7.
The group included New Jersey Senator Bob Gordon (D-38), Senator Loretta Weinberg (D-37) and Assemblywoman Valerie Vaineri Huttle (D-37). Also present was New York Assemblyman Jim Brennan, who is the primary sponsor of legislation in New York identical with the New Jersey legislative democrat-approved Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Transparency and Accountability Act (S708/A2184).Read more
Myles Ma, NJ Advance Media for NJ.com
FORT LEE —State legislators from New Jersey and New York on Wednesday called on Gov. Chris Christie to sign legislation that would overhaul the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Transparency and Accountability Act would give legislatures from each state oversight of the agency.
The New Jersey legislature sent the bill to Christie's desk April 7.Read more
John C. Ensslin, The Record
Lawmakers from New York and New Jersey called on Governor Christie Wednesday to sign a bill that would give both legislatures greater oversight of the Port Authority.
And the prime sponsor of the identical New York version of the bill said he is confident lawmakers in Albany will pass it swiftly if Christie signs the New Jersey measure by May 23, the deadline for him to sign or veto the New Jersey bill.
"It's a complicated situation because it takes six to tango," said Assemblyman James Brennan, a Democrat from Brooklyn.Read more
John Reitmeyer, NJ Spotlight
Empire State Assemblyman Jim Brennan says New Jersey bill strengthens the one passed by New York Legislature
A New York state legislator joined three New Jersey colleagues yesterday on a bluff in Fort Lee overlooking the George Washington Bridge to urge Gov. Chris Christie to sign Port Authority reform legislation that was sent to his desk several weeks ago.
The joint news conference was designed to exert maximum public pressure on Christie, who quietly vetoed a prior reform effort that had won unanimous support from lawmakers in both states over the holidays in late 2014. Christie could either veto the current bill or issue a conditional veto that would convert it to match one passed in New York and introduced in New Jersey by Senate Minority Leader Tom Kean Jr. (R-Union).Read more
NJ and NY Elected Officials and Advocates Call On Christie to Sign Historic Port Authority Reform Bill
New Jersey Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle, Senator Bob Gordon and Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg on Wednesday joined with New York State Assemblyman Jim Brennan and advocates in calling on Governor Christie to sign reform legislation they sponsored aiming to overhaul the beleaguered Port Authority of New York & New Jersey.
The legislation, S-708/A-2184, known as the "Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Transparency and Accountability Act," will guarantee legislative oversight of the agency as it undertakes a number of high profile construction projects critical to the region's future. It passed the New Jersey Legislature with bipartisan support, and was sent to the governor's desk on April 7th.
"Trying to get identical legislation agreed upon and passed in both houses of two separate legislatures is no easy feat, especially legislation that remains true to our intent and tackles our main goals. But after a lengthy, multi-year process, I'm confident that this end product does just that," said Assemblywoman Vainieri Huttle (D-Bergen). "This legislation is comprehensive in nature and tackles the key elements that we have been concerned with - incorporating legislative oversight, fiscal safeguards, transparency and accountability. Cumulatively, these provisions will help transform an agency once mired in waste, abuse and scandal into one that operates with the best interests of tri-state commuters in mind."