Port Authority Scandal Is Result Of Leadership, Patronage Mess, Analysts Say

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The George Washington Bridge (Photo credit: Fly Navy via Flickr)

The George Washington Bridge (Photo credit: Fly Navy via Flickr)

by Mark J. Magyar / NJ Spotlight

The Bridge-gate scandal that forced the resignations of two of Gov. Chris Christie’s Port Authority appointees was the inevitable result of divided leadership, growing patronage, and increased gubernatorial meddling in the operations of the multibillion-dollar New York-New Jersey agency, transportation experts said yesterday.

In fact, Jameson W. Doig, who wrote the definitive history of the Port Authority, warned almost two years ago of the dangers inherent in the growing “politicization” of the bistate agency. He also cautioned against the transformation of its 12 commissioners into “obedient assistants to the governors, passively accepting patronage appointments and whatever actions fit a governor’s short-term political needs.”

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