Gov. Christie demands more reforms from DRPA

    Christie says he wants DRPA CEO John Matheussen to be a voice for change. The Governor did not fire Matheussen as rumored.

    Governor Christie traveled to Camden this morning to tell the CEO of the embattled Delaware River Port Authority he’s not happy with the pace of reform at the agency.

    The DRPA, which operates four bridges and the PATCO high-speed line, has been condemned for executive perks and political patronage in recent weeks. There’s been speculation that Christie might demand the departure of CEO John Matheusson.

    Instead Christie said he told Matheussen he wants him to become an agent for change at the authority, and do it quickly.

    “I’m running out of time on the tick-tock of my patience for what’s gone on at this place.”

    The authority’s board recently ended free EZ Pass for employees and enacted several reforms, but Christie is angry that some proposals were tabled for further study. Matheussen said he got the governor’s message, and announced a hiring freeze and budget cuts for the DRPA.

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