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David Samson Must Resign! Port Authority

US Politics & Gov't  (tags: State government, New Jersey, Ft Lee, GW Bridge, corruption, dishonesty, cover-up, ethics, republicans, abuse )

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Samson isn't just Christie's top man at the Port Authority, he's also the head of one of the state's most influential law and lobbying firm:Wolff & Samson His firm's lobbying profits ballooned from $40,000 before he was appointed Chairman of the PA to1 MI


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Candy L (473)
Friday February 28, 2014, 4:32 pm
The plot to shut off access to the world’s busiest bridge already ended the careers of two Christie appointees at the Port Authority, the Governor’s deputy chief of staff and his campaign manager. But on Wednesday Gov. Christie doubled down on one player at the Port Authority enmeshed in Bridgegate and a growing number of scandals: Chairman David Samson.

Samson isn’t just Christie’s top man at the Port Authority, he’s also the head of one of the state’s most influential law and lobbying firm: Wolff & Samson. They represent developers, construction firms, and various arms of the Christie Administration that stand to profit from Port Authority decisions. And there's been profit to spare. His firm's lobbying profits ballooned from $40,000 before he was appointed Chairman of the Port Authority to $1 million per year after.

Here are two quick examples of Samson & his law firm’s influence over public decisions that benefit his clients:

Harrison: Samson voted to spend $256 million in taxpayer dollars to reconstruct a PATH station. Lo and behold, a chunk of that PATH station will sit on land owned by one Wolff & Samson client – and increase the value of a nearby development of another client at the same time. The leading expert on the Port Authority called his vote a “clear ethical violation.” [1]

Hoboken: Mayor Dawn Zimmer has now accused the Christie Administration of holding Hoboken’s Sandy relief hostage unless she fast- a multi-million development. Samson’s law firm represented those developers and struck a secret agreement with New Jersey Transit for a station to serve the development. [2] The developers, now feeling the heat, have now fired Wolff & Samson.

Samson so far denies any involvement in the scheme to shut down two lanes of the George Washington Bridge last October, but the Christie appointee who helped orchestrate the closures told another conspirator that Samson was “helping us retaliate” against the New York officials who eventually put an end to their reckless stunt. [3]

Any one of the scandals described above should by rights cost a public official their job. The Port Authority is a $7 billion a year operation that manages the commutes of millions, and the bombshell revelations of the last few months show just how easily its powers can be misused to reward friends and punish enemies.

Esther Z (94)
Friday February 28, 2014, 6:58 pm
Noted and signed. Thanks, Candy.

Jason B (142)
Friday February 28, 2014, 9:10 pm
Thanks, Signed

Past Member (0)
Friday February 28, 2014, 9:33 pm
S+S-thx Candy

Past Member (0)
Wednesday March 5, 2014, 3:04 am
A bit late, but I made it :)
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