Turnpike Authority accepts union offer to avoid privatization

WOODBRIDGE – The tollbooth union gave an inch and the N.J. Turnpike Authority took their offering to adjust their contract, saving the state $35 million over two years.

Commissioner Michael DuPont said he worked with Gov. Chris Christie and his administration on getting the deal completed.

“This is saving millions for the state,” Dupont said, “as well as saving jobs.”

Chairman and Transportation Commissioner James Simpson cited a state comptroller’s report that detailed “hundreds of millions of dollars” in perks, bonuses, and other benefits.

“We could not turn a blind eye to that,” he said, thanking the unions for concessions.

Turnpike Authority accepts union offer to avoid privatization