Jersey City police conducting safety checks of trucks exiting Global Terminal in the Port of New York and New Jersey slowed truck traffic at the facility for a second consecutive day today.
Jersey City officials said this week they planned to file a $400 million lawsuit against the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey over taxes the city claims it is due.
A police spokesman insisted the truck inspections were random safety checks and were not aimed at Global, a port authority tenant in Bayonne on that city’s boundary with Jersey City.
“These are all about safety,” police Sgt. Pat McCarthy said. “We’re concerned with the safety of vehicles on our city streets. This is something we do every year all over the city.”
The inspections outside the exit gates at Global’s exit gates quickly caused traffic to back up far inside the terminal, delaying cargo and slowing operations.
During a normal morning, Global handles several hundred trucks. All were stalled by the police roadblock.
The inspections began Monday and resumed today before they were halted later in the morning. McCarthy said he could not say whether truck inspections would continue for a third day Wednesday.