The Chris Christie-appointed head of the Port Authority’s ethics committee resigned after she allegedly flashed her badge after her teenage daughter was pulled over by the cops, a new report said Monday.
According to her company bio, she served on finance committees for Hillary Clinton and Gov. Jon Corzine. She had been chair of the Port Authority’s Governance and Ethics Committee.
Caren Turner stepped down from the unpaid position after it was revealed that she showed her Port Authority badge at the recent traffic stop involving her daughter, Politico reported, citing a pair of sources.
“The Port Authority has zero tolerance for ethics violations,” PA spokesman Ben Branham told the website.
“This is the basis of the tough, systematic integrity reforms the Port Authority has implemented over the past year. Immediately upon learning of allegations that Commissioner Turner violated the board’s newly-enacted Code of Ethics, an inspector general investigation was begun. The investigation revealed conduct that was profoundly disturbing. After Commissioner Turner became aware of the investigation, she resigned.”
Turner had no immediate comment.
But in her letter of resignation, dated April 20, she gave herself a pat on the back for her work at the authority.
“I have enjoyed my involvement in overseeing the critical work of the Port Authority and advancing values common to the residents of New York and New Jersey including the proposed improvements to the Port Authority airports and bus terminal, and the proposed increase to the minimum wage for airport employees,” she wrote.
The former Jersey governor nominated Turner, a Democrat, to the Port Authority board last year.
She is a Washington, DC-based public relations exec who also has a home in Tenafly, New Jersey.