Port Authority may also have given police escort to Marine band

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The Port Authority is investigating claims that officers were ordered to provide a rush-hour police escort for buses carrying the United State Marine Corps Band.

Rush Limbaugh may have not been the only one to receive a special escort from the Port Authority police while running late to a Marine gala in the Big Apple earlier this month.

The bi-state agency is now investigating additional claims that officers were ordered to provide a rush-hour police escort for buses carrying the United States Marine Corps Band to ensure the musicians made the event on time, according to two sources with knowledge of the internal probe. 

The band arrived at Newark Liberty Airport on April 12 and was set to play at the Marine Corps Law Enforcement Foundation’s 2018 Semper Fidelis Gala at Cipriani Wall Street in Manhattan, according to the sources.

The band was then given another police escort back to the airport the next day, the sources said.

It was unknown who ordered the escorts.

When asked about the police escort, Port Authority spokesman Ron Marsico said in an email, “There is an ongoing investigation into the matter by the Port Authority’s Office of Inspector General.”

Port Authority police superintendent, Michael Fedorko, is listed as one of the vice presidents of the Marine Corps Law Enforcement Foundation. 

The news comes days after NJ Advance Media reported on an internal investigation at the Port Authority over claims that the conservative radio personality, Rush Limbaugh, received a special police escort from the airport to the gala.

Limbaugh, who was a last-minute fill-in speaker for Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, had bragged about his escort by the Port Authority police superintendent on his radio show and may have inadvertently tipped off authorities to the police escort.

Fedorko could not be reached for comment. 

Craig McCarthy may be reached at 732-372-2078 or at CMcCarthy@njadvancemedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @createcraig and on Facebook here

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