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Sound Off/Letters: The DRPA, If You're Not Outraged You're Not Paying Attention

The Delaware River Port Authority has just released the results of a major Outraged audit ordered by the commissioners in 2011.

After conducting more than 130 employee interviews, the auditors concluded "the DRPA is staffed with impressive executives generating good ideas for business effectiveness and efficiency improvement."

Are these the same executives who put $1 billion in debt on the books and gave us $5 bridge tolls?

Are these the same executives who paid Democrat power broken Geo Norcross' insurance firm hundreds of thousands of dollars,  receiving scant services in return?

Are these the same executives who gave state Sen. Stephen Sweeney, D-3rd Dist., millions of toll dollars for a project other agencies would not finance?

In this job market, what did the auditors expect the employees to say about the people responsible for signing their paychecks? I have every confidence the DRPA commissioners were savvy enough to stack the deck in any “independent” audit.

The board hired an ex-FBI employee hoping it would give them a veneer of accountability. In spite of the results of several truly independent investigations, the New Jersey commissioners have been able to keep their seats in the boardroom.

Just consider the March 2012 report issued by New Jersey Comptroller Matthew Boxer, and I quote: “In nearly every area we looked at, we found people who treated the DRPA like a personal ATMfrom DRPA commissioners to private vendors to community organizations.”

Good luck finding the commuters who think the DRPA board members have shown evidence of good ideas.

This “independent audit” commissioned by the DRPA board cost us about $300,000. Just add it to the $1 billion in debt that’s already on the books.

Carol Rhodes


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