STEPHEN BERGER, executive director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, has come up with an idea we think worthy of emulation. To give a longtime public servant exposure to the private sector, he has persuaded CBS Inc. to take aboard Barry Weintrob, the port authority's chief financial officer, in a senior capacity through the end of 1987.

Mr. Weintrob is responsible for financing programs and investment strategies relating to an annual budget of almost $2 billion and cumulative

investments in facilities of about $7 billion. Getting a private sector slant on this important function has to be of great public benefit.

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