A controversial pick to fill the No. 2 spot at the Port Authority Police Department has sparked a federal corruption probe, The Post has learned.
As if out of nowhere, former NYPD cop Jerry Speziale, a key New Jersey Democratic power player, suddenly got the gig from Republicans last summer while in the middle of a re-election campaign as sheriff in Passaic County, NJ.
He was tapped by GOPers aligned with Republican Gov. Chris Christie. But when officials were repeatedly asked by the media how his gubernatorial appointment materialized and why Republicans would make such an unusual cross-party move, the queries were met with nothing but silence.