Kane In Your Corner investigates public authority commissioners
An investigation by Kane In Your Corner found that Garden State residents may be picking up the tab when certain public officials purchase and consume alcohol. State workers are prohibited from having taxpayers foot the bill for alcohol purchases, but commissioners and authorities in New Jersey have different rules. Some, including Gov. Chris Christie (R-N.J.) refer to them as the state's "shadow government." Kane In Your Corner discovered that water and sewer bills paid for a $2,300 holiday party for the Stony Brook Regional Sewerage Authority. The party included carving stations and two hours of an open bar. Similar instances were uncovered with the Union County Utilities Authority and the Manasquan River Regional Sewerage Authority. The head of the Stony Brook Regional Sewerage Authority says the agency does a lot to keep bills down and that the open bar was important for employee morale.