Tom Kean, Jr finally spoke up against the port deal. He says that “the security of the people residing in the surrounding communities should not have to wait for congressional action when the State of New Jersey can act decisively to protect the security of our residents.” Sounds to me like he’s trying to steal the thunder from Menendez’ legislation to block the port deal, which he announced four days ago. Still, Kean suggests that Corzine may be able to void the lease aggrement:
Section 48 of the lease Between the Port Authority and Port Newark Container Terminal, the subsidiary of P&O that operates the terminal, entitled “Right of Termination/Ownership and Control,” would appear to give the port authority the ability to void the provisions of the lease if the transaction is contrary to public interest.
If Bill Frist and Congress do not follow Senators Clinton and Menendez’ lead to block all such port deals, this is an option that the state should definitely consider.