NJ Legislators Rip Port Authority Bosses

Monday, November 25, 2013 - 11:43 AM


New Jersey legislators are grilling top officials at the Port Authority about a decision to close local lanes leading to the George Washington Bridge in September that backed up traffic for days through Fort Lee.

"You are a masterful dancer and we appreciate your dancing skills," Assemblyman John Wisniewski told Bill Baroni, the deputy executive director at the Port Authority. Baroni is a former legislator who was appointed by Gov. Chris Christie.

In his testimony today, Baroni explained that mayors and transportation officials were not notified about the lane closures due to a communication failure.

He said the closures were necessary as part of a study to determine if travelers on the main entrance lanes were experiencing delays due to three local lanes that operate out of Fort Lee, the town at the foot of the bridge.

The closures caused huge traffic jams and came as a surprise to government officials and local police, who are usually notified of upcoming road closures.

Baroni has experience holding his own at tough legislative hearings. He battled with the late Sen. Frank Lautenberg last year at one appearance. 

Baroni offered to take Wisniewski, chair of the Assembly's transportation committee, on a field trip to the George Washington Bridge, and said he would provide lunch.  

"I’d want it to get tested first," Wisniewski replied.


Comments [1]

iMan9796 from New Jersey

This same disgusting corruption, cover-up & retaliation is commonplace at the Port Authority Bus Terminal's Lost & Found Dept. in NYC concerning lost & found property brazenly stolen by Port Authority Supervisors. Google  “Donna Lebourne abc news" & see the vile face of shame being confronted & exposed for the world to see.

Port Authority Supervisor Donna Lebourne has an outside job, she is the Vice President of her & her husband’s charity Caribbean Sports International that donates cellphones & other electronics.  If you lost an item at the Port Authority Bus Terminal and did not get it back, contact her charity, perhaps she may donate your item back to you out of the kindness of her cold evil heart. It's very easy to be charitable when you are giving away other peoples' property.

Also, the Port Authority of NY & NJ has become a threat to national security and has placed everyone's safety & security in jeopardy, by undermining all the counter-terrorism measures that have been put in place by the United States. They have allowed crimes such as the illegal policy of disposing lost valid passports in the garbage that are found in the Port Authority Bus Terminal. Now just imagine the damage that a terrorist cell could do with those valid lost passports or an identity theft ring. 

What happened in Kenya could easily happen here, or anywhere else in the world for that matter, as a result of the Port Authority's intentional breach of national security. This is a willful act of treason against the United States of America. Google "Port Authority - Passports."

NYC Police Comminsioner Ray Kelly agrees with my concerns as well.

If the Port Authority will not prosecute and punish their own supervisors for theft, especially when they are caught redhanded, how much confidence do you have in their ability to actually put a stop to their illegal passport policy? The Port Authority's inaction and cover-up is tantamount to treason

Action must be taken against these corrupt incompetent criminals in the Port Authority before another terrorist attack takes place & more innocent lives are lost due to their utter disregard about our safety and security, not to mention their disgraceful feeling of self entitlement to patron's lost property found at the PABT.
Google “found, stolen, trashed by PA.”

It’s time to stop the madness!

As far as the GWB lane closures go, if everything was legit, why did Baroni & Wildstein quit?

Dec. 15 2013 12:01 PM

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