JERSEY CITY - Two Port Authority executives appointed by Gov. Chris Christie are accused of plotting a secret toll-hike plan in an effort to improve the governor’s image.

The Record of Bergen County reports that Bill Baroni, the Port Authority's former deputy executive director, and his aide David Wildstein ran a campaign to manipulate a series of toll hikes.

The report says the bi-state agency proposed an inflated $6 toll hike, so the governors of New York and New Jersey could scale it back and increase their popularity.

The original plan would have brought the EZPass toll to $14 by 2014.    

Smaller toll increases of $4.50 over 4 years were eventually approved in 2011.