New Jersey's scathing audit of the Delaware River Port Authority unearthed a way of doing business retro enough for a Mad Men episode stripped of its wit, style, and cigarettes.
There's precious little glamour in the audit's depressing depiction of pals and pols burning through millions in public money behind closed doors.
Tacky patronage perks such as $2,000 in tickets to a "Gypsy Melodies Gala" (imagine the outfits) look like a steal compared to other "wasteful and inappropriate spending" that state Comptroller A. Matthew Boxer outlined Thursday.
His 77-page audit illuminates a profligate, thoroughly wired operational lifestyle inside DRPA's candy-colored headquarters.
Big bucks got doled out after little more than a meaningful glance across a crowded boardroom in that tower on the Camden waterfront. Incestuous transactions were vehemently defended; it was "like dealing with the f-ing mob," the audit quotes an employee as saying.
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by Kevin Riordan