NJ legislators want E-ZPass probe

| 10/30/2002

New Jersey lawmakers this week called on the State Commission of Investigations to look into criminal wrongdoing involving the E-ZPass system, which is $469 million in debt, according to press reports.

Democrats want an investigation of possible criminal conduct that would examine the ties between former Gov. Christie Whitman's administration and E-ZPass contractors.

The Democratic-controlled Assembly Transportation Committee investigated the system earlier this year, concluding in a 275-page report the E-ZPass contract was mismanaged with possible improprieties related to negotiation and financing.

Meanwhile, legislators this week introduced several bills that would provide more public safeguards and give lawmakers more oversight over large contracts, such as the one involving E-ZPass.