Gov. Chris Christie today applauded the Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission for abolishing free E-Z Pass trips that are not available to the public.
“The granting of free passage to authority Commissioners, officers, employees or retirees, simply by virtue of their current or former employment, sends the wrong message to the toll paying public and represents yet another type of abuse common in New Jersey’s ‘shadow government,” Christie said in a statement.
On Monday the Commission moved to do away with the practice.
The action taken by the DRJTBC brings it into line with similar prohibitions on the use of E-Z Pass and other free passage called for by Christie and implemented by the New Jersey Turnpike Authority, the South Jersey Transportation Authority, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, the Delaware River Port Authority, and the Delaware River and Bay Authority.
On Sept. 16, Christie issued letters to each of those agencies demanding that they move to eliminate the use of E-Z Pass perks at toll payer expense.
The decision is expected to save the commission approximately $32,000 a year.