Recent investigations of the Pennsylvania Turnpike, the Delaware River Authority, and the Maine Turnpike Authority have added to the mountains of dirt on these agencies that has piled up in the historic record since they became popular in the mid-twentieth century.
While traditionally, scholars and investigators have pointed to financiers as the main source of undue influence on these agencies, Christie's record could indicate the power of political pressure on the sensitive levers of secretive bureaucratic decision-making.
My book on the Golden Gate Bridge documented petty corruption and mismanagement of one California authority. Many readers commented that a single case is inadequate to draw conclusions about an entire sector of government. The story, unfortunately, continues to unfold.
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