Port Authority Chiefs Change Mind on Promise To Resign

JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) -

Port Authority commissioners backpedaled Thursday on their offer to resign, saying it would be unnecessary in light of their unanimous support of reform efforts at the scandal-plagued agency.

In a December report, they had agreed to tender their resignations to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who oversee the agency, as a show of good faith in the board’s embrace of systemic reform.

“The premise of the offer to resign has been met. And essentially the board unanimously endorsed the special panel report,” Board Chairman John Degnan said. “There should be no lack of clarity by either governor about our commitment to do it. And in that case, what’s the purpose of resigning?”