The Port Authority, Unreformed

The Story

Reformers are losing hope that leadership of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey might become more transparent or accountable. The search for a CEO has been unsuccessful, and Governor Phil Murphy of New Jersey wants to return to the old model of shared responsibility that has led to scandal and loss of public confidence. The question of how to fix the governance of this unwieldy and unaccountable bureaucracy remains as vexing as ever. 

The Facts You Need to Know

  1. Soar: With no direct accountability to the voters, the Port Authority can raise salaries (and costs) without pushback. Read more.

  2. Expert: The Port Authority was designed to be run independently of politics, in an era when rule by experts was considered desirable. Read more.

  3. Dissolve: Breaking up the Port Authority may be the only way to bring the massive agency to heel. Read more.

“The Port Authority has been corrupted by its riches, and it’s time to give the people of New Jersey and New York their infrastructure back.”

Stephen J. Smith, Progress Real Estate Partners

Twitter Take

The Past is Present

The Port Authority’s Cloudy Future By Nicole Gelinas (Autumn 2012)

“The transportation agency has mortgaged itself to the hilt to rebuild the World Trade Center, leaving few resources for its real mission.”

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