DRPA Donates $2 Million To Food Bank Of South Jersey

By Mike DeNardo

PENNSAUKEN, N.J. (CBS) — The Food Bank of South Jersey is getting $2 million from the Delaware River Port Authority, in what officials call the last of the DRPA’s economic development spending.

Governor Christie toured the Food Bank of South Jersey in Pennsauken, announcing that $2 million of the DRPA’s remaining $20 million in economic development money would go to the Food Bank to help hungry families. But Christie says he and Governor Corbett are on the same page — that the DRPA’s non-transportation spending stops now.

“We both agreed that these were worthwhile projects to do, in light of the fact that we had made the policy decision not to have any more of this economic development being spent. And we are going to, from here forward, have the DRPA focused on their mission.”

DRPA vice chairman Jeffrey Nash says from now on, the authority will stick to maintaining its bridges and PATCO.

“There will not be any more economic development through the DRPA.”

For now, Food Bank officials say the $2 million will allow them to leverage other opportunities for contributions, without having to be concerned so much with day-to-day expenses.

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  • Kevin

    While the cause is obviously just, this is wholly inappropriate. The DRPA should operate bridges, maintain its coffers as best as it can, and only require public funding when repairs can not be paid for by those coffers. It is not in their jurisdiction to give money to any organization.

    If it had chosen to donate this money to starting a basketball program for suburban youth, would this be celebrated?

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