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Kean Statement on Port Authority Reforms

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean said that New Jersey Senate and Assembly Democrats can stop being contrarian and obstructionist by joining New Jersey Governor Chris Christie (R), New York Governor Andrew Cuomo (D), the New York Legislature, and Senate and Assembly Republicans to support the enactment of consensus Port Authority reform legislation, S-355.

Sen. Tom Kean called on New Jersey Democrats to stop blocking consensus legislation, S-355, that provides the only real opportunity to enact Port Authority reforms. (Facebook/PANYNJ)

“There is broad, bipartisan agreement on both sides of the Hudson that we need to implement S-355 to increase transparency, improve efficiency and prevent abuses at the Port Authority,” said Kean. “Despite this, New Jersey Senate and Assembly Democrats remain a roadblock to enacting this critical Port Authority reform legislation.”

S-355, sponsored by Kean, provides governance, transparency, and accountability reforms at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. It is identical to legislation already approved by the New York Legislature and signed into law by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo.

To be enacted, reforms to the Port Authority require the approval of the legislatures and governors of both New York and New Jersey.

Senate and Assembly Democrats are attempting to advance their own legislation today, S-708/A-2184, that is not supported by the governors of either state or the New York Legislature.

“There is no consensus support for the proposal that New Jersey Democrats are pushing, and it has zero chance of becoming law,” added Kean. “Senate President Sweeney and Assembly Speaker Prieto merely need to schedule a vote for my bill to advance to Governor Christie’s desk and become law, as it already has in New York, to allow for the Port Authority’s restructuring. What are we waiting for?”

As one editorialist opined recently, “It would be nuts to let this opportunity pass.”

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