PANYNJ Capital Plan Draws Editorial Fire

The Star-Ledger editorial board notes that PANYNJ will present a draft of its “$32 billion wish list of big-ticket projects” to the New Jersey Senate’s Legislative Oversight Committee today, January 17. “[T]he first lawmaker to spot the silly spending hidden beneath the exigent needs will earn our eternal gratitude,” the board writes. Shockingly enough, the editors then kill a few of the authority’s proposed projects.

Courier News editors comment on the investigation that revealed PANYNJ funds earmarked for the (now defunct) ARC rail tunnel project were improperly used on New Jersey road repairs at the behest of the Christie administration. Incidents of this type, they write, encourage public skepticism and cynicism, and ultimately undermine citizens’ trust in government.