Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean said that Governor Chris Christie’s action today on pending legislation reaffirms that the approach taken in S-355 represents the only path forward on Port Authority reform legislation:
“The governors of New York and New Jersey, both parties in both houses of the New York Legislature and Republicans in the New Jersey Legislature are on board with my Port Authority reform legislation,” said Kean. “It’s time for New Jersey Senate Democrats to get with the program and stop delaying the adoption and implementation of these critical reforms that represent the only workable path forward.”
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S-355, sponsored by Kean, provides governance, transparency, and accountability reforms at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.
Governor Christie’s conditional veto of a substantially similar independent effort by New Jersey Senate Democrats, S-708, changes that legislation to match the consensus language of S-355 and that of identical legislation already approved by the New York Legislature and signed into law by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo.
Legislation to reform the structure of the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey must be adopted in identical form in both states.
“I’ve said from the beginning that New Jersey Senate Democrats were wrong to avoid working with the bipartisan, bistate effort to reform the Port Authority,” added Kean. “With a series of once-in-a-lifetime infrastructure projects rapidly approaching, it’s more important than ever to get this done.”