Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

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Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

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Port Authority reform a must

Regarding "Senate panel backs closer supervision of Port Authority" (Page A-3, Jan. 15):

While it may not have been clear before the George Washington Bridge scandal, unethical conduct may have reached the highest levels of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.

Many taxpayers have very little idea of how the Port Authority operates and spends its money. All they know is that for whatever reason, the fares to enter New York City through the tunnels and bridges have increased yet again. Even for people who use public transportation, the toll increases are passed down to the consumers who depend on NJ Transit buses and trains to get them to and from work.

For example, just this past summer a round trip bus ticket from the transit center on Route 23 to New York City cost $15. Now, after just a few months, it costs $18. Transportation routes like the George Washington Bridge and the Lincoln Tunnel are some of the most important in the world. It is crucial to maintain such structures, but the people of New Jersey and New York have a right to understand what is going on.

Also, over the years, many political leaders from New Jersey have been handed jobs at the Port Authority with six-figure salaries.

The time has come for the New Jersey Legislature to follow the steps of New York and pass S-355, which is the Port Authority reform bill introduced by Sen. Thomas H. Kean, R-Union.

Kean is absolutely right that regardless of how important the Port Authority is for the people of New Jersey and New York, it needs to be cleaned up and reformed. I urge the Legislature to come together and end the stalling of this important legislation.

Jeremy Levine

Wayne, Jan. 15

Christie misleads on Common Core

After watching another depressing Republican debate, I was left with one image: the sight of Governor Christie talking about the Common Core education standards.

Christie stared directly into the camera and claimed that New Jersey was no longer involved with Common Core. Even from a person who has been known to stretch the truth, this qualifies as a bald- faced lie.

I understand he has to qualify his strong support for Common Core to mollify his more conservative constituency in the Midwest. …

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