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7. The authority is hereby authorized to provide by resolution, at one time or from time to time, for the issuance of bonds of the authority for any of its corporate purposes, including the refunding of its bonds. The principal of and the interest on any issue of such bonds shall be payable solely from and may be secured by a pledge of tolls and other revenues of all or any part of the transportation projects. The proceeds of any such bonds may be used or pledged for the payment or security of the principal of or interest on bonds and for the establishment of any or all reserves for such payment or security or for other corporate purposes as the authority may authorize in the resolution authorizing the issuance of bonds or in the trust agreement securing the same. The bonds of each issue shall be dated, shall bear interest at such rate or rates, shall mature at such time or times not exceeding 40 years from their date or dates, as may be determined by the authority, and may be made redeemable before maturity, at the option of the authority, at such price or prices and under such terms and conditions as may be fixed by the authority prior to the issuance of the bonds. The authority shall determine the form of the bonds including any interest coupons to be attached thereto, and shall fix the denomination or denominations of the bonds and the place or places of payment of principal and interest, which may be at any bank or trust company within or without the State. The bonds shall be signed by the chairman of the authority or shall bear his facsimile signature and the official seal of the authority or a facsimile thereof shall be impressed, imprinted, engraved or otherwise reproduced thereon. The official seal or facsimile thereof shall be attested by the secretary and treasurer of the authority, or by such other officer or agent as the authority shall appoint and authorize and any coupons attached to such bonds shall bear the facsimile signature of the chairman of the authority. In case any officer whose signature or a facsimile of whose signature shall appear on any bonds or coupons shall cease to be such officer before the delivery of such bonds, such signature or such facsimile shall nevertheless be valid and sufficient for all purposes the same as if he had remained in office until such delivery. All bonds issued under the provisions of this act shall have and are hereby declared to have all the qualities and incidents of negotiable instruments under the negotiable instruments law of the State. The bonds may be issued in coupon or in registered form, or both, as the authority may determine, and provision may be made for the registration of any coupon bonds as to principal alone and also as to both principal and interest, and for the reconversion into coupon bonds of any bonds registered as to both principal and interest. The authority may sell such bonds in such manner and for such price, as it may determine to be for the best interests of the authority. Neither the members of the authority nor any person executing the bonds shall be personally liable on the bonds or be accountable by reason of the issuance thereof in accordance with the provisions of this act.
The proceeds of the bonds of each issue shall be disbursed in such manner and under such restrictions, if any, as the authority may provide in the resolution authorizing the issuance of such bonds or in the trust agreement hereinafter mentioned securing the same.
Prior to the preparation of definitive bonds, the authority may, under like restrictions, issue interim receipts or temporary bonds, with or without coupons, exchangeable for definitive bonds when such bonds shall have been executed and are available for delivery. The authority may also provide for the replacement of any bonds which shall become mutilated or shall be destroyed or lost. Bonds may be issued under the provisions of this act without obtaining the consent of any department, division, commission, board, bureau or agency of the State, and without any other proceedings or the happening of any other conditions or things than those proceedings, conditions or things which are specifically required by this act.
The State of New Jersey does pledge to and agree with the holders of the bonds issued pursuant to authority contained in this act, that the State will not limit or restrict the rights hereby vested in the authority to acquire, maintain, construct, improve, manage, repair, reconstruct, and operate any projects as defined in this act, or to establish and collect such charges and tolls as may be convenient or necessary to produce sufficient revenue to meet the expenses of maintenance and operation thereof and to fulfill the terms of any agreements made with the holders of bonds authorized by this act or in any way impair the rights or remedies of the holders of such bonds until, the bonds, together with interest thereon, are fully paid and discharged.
L.1948,c.454,s.7; amended 1950, c.1, s.6; 1966, c.8, s.2; 1991, c.183, s.13; 2003,c.79,s.19.
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