TRENTON — Records suggest the Port Authority's $235 million purchase of a piece of land in Bayonne four years ago was done so Gov. Chris Christie could shift a financial dilemma facing the state onto the bistate agency and avoid hurting his image as a fiscal conservative, according to a report by The New York Times.
The agency — led by officials appointed by Christie and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo — bought the 131-acre former Military Ocean Terminal site in 2010, saying it would allow the region's port facilities to grow. Christie said it would lead to more jobs, as well.
But Bayonne was fac...