New Jersey officials are standing firm when it comes to building a bus terminal on Manhattan’s West Side, and they are challenging New York officials to find a way around them in order for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to once again put New York’s priorities ahead of New Jersey’s. The united front of Democratic and Republican legislative leaders are enraged that an earlier deal over funding and timing to replace the "Third World" bus terminal operated by the Port Authority was abruptly scrapped by New York.
Representatives of the two states had agreed to include a new facility in the Port Authority's 10-year capital plan, but in recent days, New York officials withdrew their support and attacked the bistate agency's chairman, John Degnan, who shepherded it.
Sending messages via media in their home states, the two sides have offered competing narratives about the process and how it unraveled. Yesterday, New Jerseyans highlighted the shortcomings of the existing terminal. But they also blasted what state Sen. Loretta Weinberg (D-Bergen) called "manipulation, intimidation and bullying" by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo.