While New York and New Jersey's top politicians were quick to criticize the spending of the Port Authority and its former head, Christopher Ward, Powell defends the cost overruns as the inevitable result of political decisions.
Seemingly overlooked in the audit was the unrealistic schedule and cost estimates that Ward identified when taking over the Authority in 2008. Furthermore, "The authority chairman, David Samson, a Christie appointee, also declined to plant a tomahawk in Mr. Ward's forehead. 'The costs were inevitable,' he said, 'once the decision was made in 2008 that we'd be open for the 10th anniversary.'"
According to Powell, "Amid the political bellowing, only one fellow remained steadfast in support of Mr. Ward: Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg. He had watched as Mr. Ward transformed ground zero into an elegant memorial site that draws millions of tourists."