It was just two months ago when Governor Christie dismissed the public outcry—including his own—and agreed to the Port Authority’s massive $1 billion toll and train fare hike. But an examination of salary and overtime records for 2010 and 2009 obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request showed that the authority, which increased tolls and PATH train fares this fall, spent $5 million more on salaries in 2010 than it did in 2009.
Wait, so in a time when school teachers are so greedy that they are taking on ever-so glamorous summer jobs such as baby-sitting and cleaning houses, a Port Authority police lieutenant made an obscene $236,564 and Christie castigates teachers for the states budget woes during an economic recession? Unless the Port Authority police attendant performs open-heart surgery on motorists, he’s lucky if he’s making $15 an hour.
Despite the fact that the Port Authority gutted a plethora of jobs (IE, lowly peasants who can’t manipulate the system to their own financial gain), three Port Authority police lieutenants and four sergeants out earned Superintendent of Police Michael Fedorko’s $215,098 because of overtime pay, according to Port Authority salary records. Could this be another instance of shared sacrifice for certain people (IE, lowly public workers and teachers)?
Well, representatives of motorist groups were naturally outraged by the salary increases in the face of approved bridge and tunnel toll hikes and PATH fare increases.
“In the midst of their crying poor mouth and having to implement toll hikes, we see a rise in salaries. It’s incongruous,” said Robert Sinclair Jr, spokesman for the AAA New York clubs, which filed suit in federal court with the AAA clubs of North Jersey to have the toll increases overturned. “They’re supposed to be watching the purse strings and they’re in the midst of socking it to drivers and rewarding themselves.”
Bloated Public Sector executives misappropriating tax dollars for their own selfish greed? Wow, who would’ve thought? I’m beginning to think the only difference between these people and the actors from the Sopranos was that the actors from the Sopranos were good looking.
It seems the bi-state AAA clubs will have tier chance to overturn the toll hikes in federal court in Manhattan on Thursday.
Even driver advocates weighed in on the grossly unacceptable salary increases and overtime costs coming as motorists struggle with the economic downturn and paying higher tolls.