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Attorney in New Jersey Presses Inquiry on Christie Ally

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Port Authority Chairman David Samson at Newark International Airport announcing United Airlines adding routes in and out of Atlantic City Airport on Nov. 14, 2013 (Tim Larsen / Office of Governor Chris Christie)

The U.S. Attorney in New Jersey is looking into whether Gov. Chris Christie's top man at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, Chairman David Samson, acted improperly when he authorized two contracts worth $2.8 billion for companies that his private law firm was representing. U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman launched the investigation last week, according to sources who couldn't speak publicly because of the ongoing investigation.

Fishman, who is seeking the documents, is already investigating Bridgegate and whether the Christie administration threatened the Hoboken Mayor with a loss of Sandy aid if she didn't approve a development deal for a Samson client.

Samson is a top Christie confidante, and the U.S. Attorney's examination brings the investigation significantly closer to the Governor. Christie's press team hasn't commented on the new probe, and in his most recent public comments on Samson, Christie said he "strongly, firmly" backed Samson.

Samson's private attorney, Michael Chertoff, issued a statement saying he "isn't commenting on the investigations."

The new subpoena, first reported by the New York Times, is examining whether Samson had a conflict of interest when he pushed plans to raise the Bayonne Bridge and rebuild the Goethals bridge, while also representing the companies who got the massive contracts.

The projects were of great importance to Christie and the Laborers Union, which became the first union to endorse the governor at a a pivotal point in his re-election bid.

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Julianne Welby

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Comments [4]

Kevin Lawson from Notinthebox

Christie has risen to the level of his incompetence. Corrupt, bullying governor...his present job was made to order for him and he will not be moving up into "Republican Presidential Candidate Placeholder During a Rebuilding Year." Too bad, he has a kind of cheery greasyness that makes for a more interesting character than Jeb Bush (yawn). 2016 may be as boring as 2012 was interesting.

Mar. 19 2014 08:35 PM
Sassy Lou from NYC

If it was any other citizen..they would've been arrested by now!!

Why are all these douchbags still free?

Mar. 19 2014 01:21 PM
David from New Jersey

Here is a man who was a lawyer and Attorney General for the State of NJ who does not understand the meaning of conflict of interest.

Mar. 19 2014 08:40 AM
Matt

It'd be great if someone could keep track of the legal fees Michael Chertoff and Christie's own lawyer stand to make from all this. NJ picks up the tab for both, it's safe to assume?

Mar. 19 2014 08:29 AM

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