For 9 million New Jerseyans, Tuesday marks the top of eight years of misrule by Chris Christie. Welcome, Phil Murphy.
The brand new gov should act quick on his marketing campaign promise and get the Port Authority to lift the wages for 1000’s of safety guards, bag handlers and cleaners at Newark Airport. Their $10.10 an hour pay has to catch as much as individuals doing the identical duties at JFK and LaGuardia at $13 an hour, and $15 subsequent 12 months.
Murphy should additionally get his Democratic friends in Trenton to lastly go the PA reforms lengthy agreed to by each states and already written into legislation in Albany — reforms that got here out of the crimes of Christie’s PA appointees uncovered in Bridgegate.
There’s one other Port matter linked to the GWB: Signal on to Gov. Cuomo’s latest name to abolish tollbooths on the bridge, in addition to the Lincoln and Holland tunnels, with open-road tolling, now in use on all crossings in New York.
That’s simple. What’s more durable is digging a brand new Hudson rail tunnel. Amtrak’s $30 billion Gateway boondoggle was zeroed out by the feds. Let it die, together with a $6 billion new station in Midtown.
Work with Cuomo to gin up state and federal funding for a better, slimmed-down tube, and develop NJTransit in present Penn Station in order that Jersey trains can use the longer term Moynihan Station.
Murphy can’t do a lot worse than Christie, however that’s no solution to set the bar.