Detractors say the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey is too big and secretive, overcharges commuters, carries way too much debt, and shouldn’t run point for the World Trade Center redevelopment.

The bistate agency has drawn white-hot glares from the likes of the New York State comptroller’s office and credit rating agencies for cost and debt overruns, from New Jersey lawmakers who want to subpoena its officials, and recently from an independent audit report that called the authority dysfunctional and urged a top-to-bottom overhaul.

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