Christie angry over Port Authority ‘hidden’ payments revelations

SECAUCUS – Gov. Chris Christie said today he is angry over the revelations of the “hidden’’ payments Port Authority of New York and New Jersey employees receive.

Christie said today that he talked Tuesday with Port Authority Chairman David Samson and expressed his displeasure.

“He did not know anything about it,’’ Christie said of Samson.

Christie took a shot at the regime of former Port Authority director Chris Ward, who left in September.

“It is another example of the secret deals he was making to reward his cronies,’’ Christie said at a press conference here.

Christie said he reiterated to Samson that he and N.Y. Gov. Cuomo expect nothing less than a full audit of everything at  the Authority.

“It is a bad example, of not just mismanagement, but poor management,’’ Christie said.  He said the Port Authority was rewarding employees with toll money.

And considering that a toll increase was just implemented, “that makes me angry,’’ Christie said. “We’re going to fix it,’’ he said about the problems at the Port Authority.

A story in the Bergen Record showed that payments totaled more than $2 million over a two-year span. Christie angry over Port Authority ‘hidden’ payments revelations