The NY Democratic Assembly and Republican Senate have passed a NY/NJ Port Authority reform bill urged by Gov. Cuomo which he will sign shortly. In NJ our legislators are planning to introduce their own bill. Both Govs. Cuomo and Christie support the NY bill and indicate they will sign it. The NY bill provides most reforms we seek including organization, open meetings, public hearings, financial reporting and disposition of PA property. 21 months post-Bridgegate we have the opportunity to rein in the PA. We have a bird in hand.
Would the NJ bill be somewhat more favorable to us? Yes. Is the NY bill a good one? Yes. Is the NJ bill likely to be enacted while Christie and/or Cuomo are in in office? No. It is likely that Christie will remain governor until early 2018.
If NJ legislators persist there will still be no PA reform at least until 2018, and probably not soon thereafter. Governors, present and future, will not like the NJ proposed termination of development banks (slush funds) which provide monies to governors for pet projects. Nor are they particularly concerned about another proposal – requiring without a subpoena appearance of PA officials before the legislature – a reasonable expectation but something which Christie has routinely avoided for his own staff.