Democrats Threaten Port Authority Veto Despite Bill

TRENTON (AP) -

Lawmakers’ efforts to overhaul the Port Authority got a jump-start on Friday, but prospects for legislation are still uncertain.

Two months after Govs. Andrew Cuomo and Chris Christie vetoed an overhaul passed unanimously in both legislatures, Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean Jr. is introducing a new bill aimed at reforming the agency.

Kean said it blends aspects of the bills that passed last year with suggestions from both states’ governors.

“It’s a very strong, hybrid approach that I believe is the only solution to truly reform the Port Authority immediately and that will pass all four legislatures and be signed by both governors,” he said Friday.

But Kean’s effort comes as New Jersey Senate Democrats plan a veto override vote for Thursday. Sponsors say they are reviewing Kean’s measure but have not decided if they will support it.

The new GOP bill continues to call for legislative oversight including subjecting the authority to public records laws. But it also includes some of the governors’ changes, such as establishing a chief executive officer.