Bridgegate: NJ/NY Port Authority Chair David Samson Resigns

David Samson, the chairman of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, has resigned from the bistate agency, Gov. Chris Christie announced today.

The governor, at a news conference, announced that Samson had offered his resignation this afternoon.

Christie also said he embraces the recommendations from Randy Mastro and his firm, Gibson Dunn & Crutcher, recommending a top-to bottom reform of the Port Authority.

“In line with that belief, David tendered his resignation to me this afternoon effective immediately,” Christie said.

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Port Authority Chairman Resigns, Christie Announces

Mr. Samson issued a statement on Friday, after Mr. Christie made the announcement at his first news conference in nearly three months.

“Over the past months, I have shared with the Governor my desire to conclude my service to the PANYNJ,” he said in a written statement. “The timing is now right, and I am confident that the Governor will put new leadership in place to address the many challenges ahead.”

Mr. Samson came under scrutiny after emails were made public showing that during the September week that the lanes were closed, Mr. Samson derided his New York counterpart at the authority after he ordered the lanes reopened.

In the emails, Mr. Samson seemed more concerned about his belief that the official was leaking information than about the impact on commuters.

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