TRENTON – The governor hailed today’s Comptroller’s report that questioned hundreds of millions of dollars in spending at the Delaware River Port Authority.
Both Gov. Chris Christie and Pa. Gov. Tom Corbett have been working on reforms at DRPA which, like the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, has drawn increased scrutiny over patronage, pay to play, and spending issues.
“As soon as Governor Christie took office, he zeroed in on the DRPA as among the worst offenders in terms of abusing toll payer money for employee and commissioner perks and large-scale spending outside the agency’s core mission,” Christie spokesman Michael Drewniak said this afternoon.
“With unrelenting pressure on the board – whose New Jersey membership was stacked by Governor Corzine before he left office – Governor Christie and his Authorities Unit forced the DRPA to implement critical reforms and fundamentally change its practices and culture.
“The report on the Comptroller’s investigation, which was requested by Governor Christie and former Pennsylvania Governor Rendell, covers a history of financial mismanagement at DRPA which thankfully is behind us.
“Governor Christie fully supports the Comptroller’s findings and recommendations and will continue to work with Governor Corbett in enforcing reforms at DRPA.”
The Comptroller’s investigation got under way in 2010 at the governors’ request, and as a result, numerous changes already have occurred, according to the Comptroller and Christie’s office.
Abuses of E-Z Pass have ended, expenditures on economic development projects unrelated to the bridges’ operations have ceased, and competitive procurement practices have been instituted, among other reforms.