Thursday, July 14, 2016

Christie Crony And BridgeGate Player To Plead Guilty To Federal Charge

At long last David Samson, former New Jersey Attorney General and key ally of Governor Chris Christie will plead guilty to federal charges.  He was appointed by Christie to head the massive bi-state Port Authority which controls New York-New Jersey bridges, tunnels, airports, ports, and owns the World Trade Center land.

Samson steered millions of dollars of business to clients of his law firm known as Woff & Samson.  His imminent disgrace was signaled last year when he first quit the Port Authority Chairmanship, then his law firm - which promptly changed its name.  He will plead guilty to lining his own pockets, and leaning on United Airlines to create a new route from Newark to his vacation home.

This scandal may cost Governor Christie his chance to be Donald Trump's running mate.
Christie Crony And BridgeGate Player To Plead Guilty To Federal Charge
Citing a person "familiar with the investigation," The New York Times reported that Samson would plead guilty to using his position of power to benefit himself and his law firm, Wolff & Samson.
At the time of the so-called "BridgeGate" scandal, Samson was chairman of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which oversees Newark Liberty International Airport. United Airlines had begun offering flights from Newark to a small airport in Columbia, South Carolina that was near a home that Samson owned.
Samson had proposed the idea of the flight route at a dinner with United executives, according to Bloomberg News. The flight, which Port Authority officials referred to as "the chairman's flight," was dropped by United shortly after Samson resigned his post in March 2014 in the midst of the BridgeGate investigation.
Samson was appointed by Christie to head the Port Authority in 2010 and has a long history in New Jersey politics. He previously served as the state's attorney general and has worked with both Democratic and Republican governors.

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