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their project has been approved. When the Chairman resigned last year, his partners changed the name of his law firm to Chiesa, Shahinian and Giantomasi. Meanwhile, the largest newspaper in New Jersey, the Star-Ledger, found that Chairman Samson voted at the Port Authority to award million-dollar contracts to Railroad Construction Company, Inc, a company whose owner was represented by the famous lawyer with a chair on both sides of his desk --the parttime Chairman of the Port Authority and full-time head of Wolf and Samson -- his honor David Sampson. But it wasn’t the flagrant conflict of interest in representing legal clients before the Port of New York and New Jersey, where he was Chairman, that brought down the former Attorney General of New Jersey. It was the gross misuse of his position in strong-arming United Airlines to overturn the cancellation of a route between Newark Liberty International Airport and Columbia, South Carolina – for his personal convenience and pleasure. According to the U.S. Attorney for New Jersey, Paul Fishman, Mr. Samson threatened United that he would block the construction of a maintenance hangar for United at the airport unless the airline restore the money-losing flight. When the Board of commissioners of the Port Authority recommended that the Port approve a lease deal, Mr. Samson pulled the deal off the agenda (something that he was allowed to do under the terms of his employment as established by his pal Governor). It wasn’t long before Mr. Samson was flying a plane every Thursday evening from Newark to Columbia, “a short drive from his home in Aiken, S.C.” according to New York Today. Samson’s contact that he dealt with at United Airlines was Jamie Fox, a former Port Authority executive and traffic commissioner in New Jersey. Not surprisingly, he had been appointed for the traffic job by Governor Christie, whose record of terrible appointments remained unblemished. Mr. Fox got into the habit of referring to the United flight as “the Chairman’s flight” and “Samson Air.” Here’s how the New York Times wrapped up the story on July 14, 2016 “David Samson, a longtime friend of Gov. Chris Christie, pleaded guilty to a felony count of bribery on Thursday and admitted that he had pressured United Airlines to operate a weekly flight to South Carolina for his personal convenience. “The plea, which was offered before Judge Jose L. Linares of United 6 States District Court in Newark, appears to have put an end to Mr. Samson’s career as a public official and power broker. And it casts a shadow over the political fortunes of Mr. Christie, a New Jersey Republican who until this week had been considered a potential running mate for Donald J. Trump, the party’s presumptive nominee for president. “One of the problems with Chris Christie is there are skeletons in his closet that still have skin on the bones,” Patrick Murray, director of the Monmouth University Polling Institute, said. “The prosecution of Mr. Samson grew out of a federal investigation into the closing of access lanes to the George Washington Bridge in 2013. Federal prosecutors contend Paul J. Fishman, United States attorney for New Jersey
that allies of Mr. Christie at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey conspired to tie up traffic on the New Jersey side of the bridge to punish a local mayor for declining to endorse Mr. Christie’s bid for reelection as governor. “Mr. Samson, who was Mr. Christie’s appointee as chairman of the Port Authority at the time of the lane closings, has not been charged in that case. But two of the governor’s former allies, Bill Baroni and Bridget Anne Kelly, are scheduled to stand trial in September for their alleged roles in the bridge-traffic scheme. A third, David Wildstein, has already pleaded guilty in that case. “Paul J. Fishman, the United States attorney for New Jersey, declined to say whether Mr. Samson was cooperating with the prosecution of the lane-closing case. The Port Authority is the nexus of the two matters because it operates the bridge and the three big commercial airports in the New York City area. “Mr. Fishman said that Mr. Samson, 76, had abused his position at the agency by coercing United to reinstate a canceled route between Newark Liberty International Airport and Columbia, S.C., near one of Mr. Samson’s homes. He said Mr. Samson had threatened to block the construction of a maintenance hangar for United at the airport unless the airline restored the money-losing flight.” “We’re powered by new challenges. Our experience has made us experts at providing total security solutions.” PHIL BARRETT 8 years • Power/Utility Business Development Our high standards help you meet yours. Providing superior perimeter security solutions is not just our mission. It’s personal. And that mission never stops. AMERISTARSECURITY.COM | 888-333-3422 7