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The DRPA Needs Leadership; Not Jeff Nash.

August 30, 2010


Jeff Nash


The Delaware River Port Authority scandal, or should I say scandals keep getting worse.  Central in the mess is Vice Chair Jeff Nash.  Now that chair, John Estey, has announced his resignation as chairman all eyes are focused on the agency’s vice-chair, Jeff Nash.

Nash cannot seem to avoid embarrassing himself and New Jersey.  The Philadelphia Inquirer published a story that showed how this agency has unwritten policies on splitting insurance brokerage commissions.  The fact that this notoriously corrupt agency has any unwritten policies is troubling all on its own.

The commission splitting is a result of both states (New Jersey and Pennsylvania) needing to have their “guy” collect the toll payer subsidized commissions from the Authority.  Any other arrangement would be a total waste of patronage. 

The problem is that the DRPA needs one policy with one commission and there are two brokers.  The “DRPA solution” – one broker will give the other broker half of the commission.  That is right – the broker who did not place the policy gets a commission for ….. well I’m not sure.  This begs the question, “Why couldn’t the broker who placed the policy do it for half the commission and save the toll payers countless thousands?”  The answer is obvious – each broker from each state needs to get paid!

At the center of the DRPA ethical mess is Jeff Nash a lawyer from Cozen and O’Connor who is the ranking New Jersey member at the Authority.  For his part he sees no problem with the unwritten commission sharing policy.  Nash told Inquirer reporter Paul Nussbaum the following:

“They’re just split for fairness.”

“It doesn’t cost the toll payer any more, since the total in commissions is the same,”

“I’ve never heard a complaint about it before,”

“No one is forcing these companies to participate at DRPA.”

Any wonder this $300 million dollar a year authority needs a toll increase to $5 to operate on a day-to-day basis.  Jeff Nash needs to resign not only his DRPA position but also his position as a Camden County Freeholder.  He is far too accepting of the status quo and rejects any attempt at change for the protection and betterment of the tax payer in South Jersey.  In South Jersey we are left to wonder why  John Estey resigned as Chair of the DRPA and Nash sees no problem with his continued position of Vice Chair.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. bill stephenson permalink
    August 30, 2010 12:50 pm

    Congratulations Domenik, You most certainly have the courage to take the Noricross machine to task.

    I believe that Jon Runyan is more creditable than John Adler and I would trust him in any battle, he will certainly stand his ground with nothing but the truth. Bill Stephenson

  2. Marlene Coles permalink
    August 31, 2010 3:27 pm

    And to make matter worse, former GOP Chair John Hanson seems to think that we should not be delaying our toll increases and giving discounts to seniors because the bond companies could drop our credit rating. That DRPA sure is a brain trust isn’t it?


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