NY-NJ Port Authority Ethics Head Resigns After Video of Her Berating Police Is Released

Former Clinton aide demanded she be called 'commissioner'

Caren Z. Turner / YouTube Screenshot
April 25, 2018

The ethics head for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, Caren Z. Turner, was forced to resign after a video emerged of her berating police officers during Easter weekend.

Turner arrived at the scene where a car in which her daughter had been a passenger was pulled over. The vehicle was stopped with no registration and insurance, according to Politico. The car was about to be towed and Turner was going to drive her daughter and the other occupants of the car home before a confrontation between Turner and the police broke out.

Turner approached the two Tenafly, New Jersey police officers who were at the scene and demanded to know what was going on. The officers politely told her to ask the car's driver as they were under no obligation to tell her the situation.

Turner produced her identification as a Port Authority commissioner and instructed the officers to refer to her as such.

"No, don’t call me miss, I'm 'commissioner,' thank you" Turner said to one of the officers after one of the officers called her "miss."

"She immediately walked up to PO Casper and I and began attempting to hand me a business card identifying herself as ‘the commissioner of the Port Authority,’" wrote police officer Matthew Savitsky, referring to his fellow officer. "She also exhibited a full-size gold badge in a badge wallet that had the same printed on it. She then began a line of questioning in a demanding nature."

Turner stated she was a "friend of the mayor" and claimed to she managed over 4,000 officers in the Port Authority. Politico reports the agency employs about 1,600 police officers.

During the video, the officers told Turner may take her adult daughter, to which Turner can be heard yelling "you may shut the f--- up!"

"You can't put a sentence together, sorry. That's pathetic and you are a disappointment!" Turner said to one of the officers before yelling at the other one.

Turner's resignation apparently only came after she was "encouraged" to by Gov. Phil Murphy (D., N.J.).

Turner was appointed to her Port Authority position by former Gov. Chris Christie (R., N.J.), however, she has served on the finance committees for Hillary Clinton, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D., N.Y.) and former Gov. Jon Corzine (D., N.J.), Fox News reports.

Watch video of the confrontation below.