NJ: Transportation authority has 'gross waste'

The News Leader

March 3, 2010 7:12:04 AM PST
New Jersey's Inspector General's office says it found "gross waste and mismanagement of state funds" by the agency that runs the Atlantic City Expressway and Atlantic City International Airport. The report finds the South Jersey Transportation Authority has been plagued by misuse of authority-owned vehicles by upper management.

It also says the authority did not track its inventories of computers, cell phones, auto parts and other property, that it paid "exorbitant fees for minimal work" by three law firms.

Also one outside lawyer was incorrectly classified as an employee and received public pension credits.

A spokesman for the agency says internal controls have already been tightened because of findings.