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The Delaware River Port Authority, which controls several bridges connecting South Jersey to Pennsylvania, was the inspiration for one of state comptroller Matthew Boxer’s most damning reports. He found it wasted millions, diverting toll-payer money into the pockets of friends, political allies and profiteering middlemen.
Chief among them was George Norcross, the Democratic political boss of South Jersey — and a frequent ally of the governor.
What did Matheussen do as head of this miscreant agency to stop all that abuse?
Absolutely nothing. And now he’s being awarded a lofty judgeship for it.
The blame here falls not only on the governor, but also Democrats in the Senate who approved this nomination with barely a peep. That seems strange only until you consider the fact that state Senate President Stephen Sweeney (D-Gloucester) is a childhood friend of Norcross, and has close ties to the Delaware River Port Authority. Sweeney’s brother serves as a commissioner there and has been subpoenaed in the federal investigation of the agency.