WOODBRIDGE, NJ (CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — The New Jersey Turnpike Authority has announced that they are ending the controversial practice of selling tickets to events at the PNC Bank Arts Center through the authority's website.
The Authority had held or sold about 300 tickets per show to events staged at the PNC Bank Arts Center, which the Authority owns, for at least 15 years but is discontinuing the practice following a review of the practice by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, the Daily Record reported.
Although the tickets were ostensibly available to anyone, the program was little-known by the public and many of the tickets were purchased by state officials, including former Gov. Jon S. Corzine's office, a Bloomberg News story revealed.
Joe Orlando, a spokesman for the Turnpike Authority said that the Highway Authority had been discussing abandoning the program before the governor's announcement.
"It has certainly been on the radar screen, we were headed in this direction," Orlando told the Star-Register, "This is the stepping off point."
The ticket sales have been turned over to the PNC Bank Arts Center's box office. – CelebrityAccess Staff Writers