Christie rips MCIA execs’ bonuses and Dems who permit them

TRENTON – Gov. Chris Christie saved his sharpest barbs during a press conference today for the heads of the Middlesex

TRENTON – Gov. Chris Christie saved his sharpest barbs during a press conference today for the heads of the Middlesex County Improvement Authority.

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Jumping on the recent report by the Comptroller’s office that criticized the hefty performance bonuses paid to top brass at the authority, Christie renewed his call for the Legislature to give him veto power over such authorities.

Christie summarized the problem with reining in abuses at such quasi-independent agencies.

“The guy who is giving himself the biggest bonus is the political muscle in Middlesex County,’’ Christie said.  According to the Comptroller, MCIA Executive Director and Monroe Mayor Richard Pucci earned a salary of $185,000 and a bonus of $55,000. The audit found no written evaluation of Pucci, who said it was done verbally.

“Anybody who has to run in Monroe has to go and kneel at the altar of Mayor Pucci,’’ Christie said. “His involvement, in my view, is reprehensible.

“The politicians who Middlesex Democrats appoint are overseeing the salaries for powerful Middlesex Democrats.”

He talked of the “Wisniewski and Bob Smith secret PACS,’’ in reference to Democratic State Committee head Assemblyman John Wisniewski and Sen. Smith, and said it’s “one-party rule. There is no check on it.”

Christie said that Middlesex County has become “a little oasis.” He said Pucci has become the boss in that section of the county. “I think voters in Middlesex are sick and tired of it.”

Christie had conditionally vetoed a bill that would have increased accountability at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and wanted to turn it in to a bill that gives a governor greater authority over all of these types of authorities.

He said he is ready to negotiate with Senate President Steve Sweeney and Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver over comprehensive reform, but he is not going to settle for a “rifle shot approach for politicians who just want to make a political show.’’

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