Governor Chris Christie has announced that former State Senator Bill Barnoni has resigned as Deputy Executive Director of the Port Authority of NY/NJ.
Deborah Gramiccioni has been tapped to replace Baroni. Gramiccioni is a long time Christie staffer, going back to his tenure as U.S. Attorney. She is the wife of Acting Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni.
Christie said he had been planning to the change ” a while back.” He said that Baroni offered his resignation and he accepted given the “distraction” over ‘Bridgegate.”
Christie said that Baroni had acknowledged that ” a mistake was made” regarding the George Washington Bridge closure last September, and that Baroni has taken responsibility for it.