Assembly panel extends subpoena power over Port Authority

TRENTON – Assembly lawmakers passed a resolution along party lines Monday that extends lawmakers’ subpoena power over the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.

The resolution, AR91, was approved following minimal discussion after the chairman of the Assembly Transportation, Public Works and Independent Authorities, Assemblyman John Wisniewski, (D-19), accused the Port Authority of intentionally dragging its feet with supplying lawmakers with documents.

The panel’s subpoena power over the authority is set to expire next month.

The panel subpoenaed the agency after they accused the authority of failing to respond to lawmakers’ request to provide information about toll increases and Gov. Chris Christie’s decision to cancel the Access to the Region’s Core project.

“Unfortunately, as we sit here in February we still don’t have answers,” Wisniewski said. “I believe the Port Authority would like to run out the clock and we’re not going to let them do that.”

Assembly panel extends subpoena power over Port Authority