After holding a public hearing, New Jersey Sen. Barbara Buono last week asked the state auditor to examine operations of the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority. Buono, D-Middlesex, chairs the Senate Legislative Oversight Committee, which held the hearing.

The NJSEA has a fiscal 2010 deficit of $38 million and is seeking $30 million of state aid to help balance the budget. The state already pays debt-service costs on much of the authority’s $691 million of outstanding bonds, as most of that debt is state-contract bonds.

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