LETTER – Bramnick bill separating NJ from waterfront commission advances

An Assembly committee today unanimously approved legislation sponsored by Assembly Republican Leader Jon Bramnick that would withdraw New Jersey from the Waterfront Commission of New York Harbor.

“The waterfront commission is a waste of taxpayer money,” said Bramnick (R-Union). “It is a layer of bureaucracy we can do without. Existing law enforcement can handle the commission’s responsibilities more efficiently.”

The bill (A2179) calls for the repeal of all statutes relating to the commission. It transfers commission duties on the New Jersey side of the harbor to the State Police, including the prevention of crime at the port, licensing and registration, and supervision of longshoremen and dock workers.