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Port Authority Target of Lawmakers’ Restructuring Bills

May 30 (Bloomberg) -- Lawmakers canceled a news conference on restructuring the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, operator of the bridge at the center of investigations into Governor Chris Christie’s administration.

Officials from both states were to detail bills this morning in Fort Lee, on the New Jersey side of the George Washington Bridge. The event will be rescheduled, according to a news release from Richard McGrath, a spokesman for the New Jersey Senate Democratic majority.

McGrath didn’t immediately return a phone message and e-mail for comment.

The bills are the first in what is expected to be a series, according to a news release from New Jersey Democrats in the Assembly and Senate. Restructuring the 93-year-old agency would require both states to pass identical legislation.

A Port Authority committee has been studying ways the agency might be freed from patronage and politics in the wake of the bridge scandal.

The closing of approach lanes in Fort Lee in September, causing hours-long traffic jams over four days, has led to state and federal inquiries. An internal report by attorneys for Christie concluded that an aide to the governor and a Port Authority ally cooperated on the tie-ups and the governor, a 51-year-old Republican, wasn’t aware of the plot.

To contact the reporter on this story: Elise Young in Trenton at eyoung30@bloomberg.net

To contact the editors responsible for this story: Stephen Merelman at smerelman@bloomberg.net Mark Tannenbaum

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