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Port Authority head goes after "darker strain" in government

Our sister site Transportation Nation has a great recap of Port Authority chief Chris Ward's speech to the New York Building Congress yesterday. Ward leveled heavy criticism at what he called "a darker strain in American politics" that has led to the dissolving of American infrastructure.

"No doubt, that strain ran through Gingrich’s Contract With America, Grover Norquist’s No Tax Pledge, and to the Tea Party of today. But the left is not without its responsibility; too often, we have seen rigid opposition to social and private sector market innovation," Ward said. "Today, we are truly seeing the consequences of that slow deterioration of that social contract."

As Ilya Marritz reports on Transportation Nation:

A week after being forced to accept a smaller revenue package than he wanted, the executive director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey launched a full-throated broadside against politicians who say the government must reduce all spending.

Read the full piece here.