Disagreement over Port Authority reform continues

An effort by New Jersey and New York to pass the same legislation to overhaul the powerful bistate agency that controls the region’s airports, bridges and tunnels appears to have stalled.

On Thursday, a New Jersey Senate panel approved a Port Authority of New York and New Jersey reform measure, backed by Democrats, that is similar but not identical to a bill that passed in New York.

The biggest difference is a provision that calls for legislative oversight of the agency, which was at the center of the George Washington Bridge lane closure scandal that resulted in former agency officials being indicted.

The two states must pass the same measure for changes to take effect.

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