Former NJ DOT Commissioner Jamie Fox Charged in Samson’s United Airlines Bribery Scheme

Jamie FoxFormer New Jersey Department of Transportation Commissioner Jamie Fox was charged by federal officials for his role in the bribery scheme that former Port Authority Chairman David Samson pleaded guilty to today, according to a statement by U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman.

Additionally, United Airlines has agreed to a pay a $2.5 million penalty and to make compliance reforms for its role in the scheme in which it established a non-stop route between Newark-Liberty Airport and Columbia Metropolitan Airport in South Carolina for Samson to fly to his vacation home in Aiken, SC.  In exchange Samson allowed the Port Authority Commission to approve a lease of three acres at the airport for United to build a maintenance hanger.

Fox, in his role as a $7,500 per month consultant to United, is accused of shaking down United employees, on Samson’s behalf, to get the route to South Carolina established.

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Posted: July 14th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Bridgegate, David Samson, New Jersey, News, Port Authority | Tags: , , , , , | No Comments »

David Samson, close confidant of Christie, pleads guilty in airline shakedown

assetContentNEWARK–David Samson–the embattled former chairman of the powerful Port Authority of New York and New Jersey–pleaded guilty Thursday afternoon to using his considerable clout to coerce one of the nation’s largest airlines to accommodate his desire for a regularly scheduled, non-stop flight to a South Carolina summer home. Samson, 76, a well-connected lawyer and one-time New… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: July 14th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Bridgegate, Chris Christie, Christie Administration, David Samson, New Jersey, Port Authority | Tags: , , , , , | No Comments »

Report: Samson to plead guilty to federal charges related to “Chairman’s flight”

David Samson

David Samson

Former Port Authority of NY/NJ and former New Jersey Attorney General David Samson will plead guilty to a federal felony related to the United Airlines route from Newark Airport to Columbia Metropolitan Airport in South Carolina, which is about 50 miles from Mr. Samson’s vacation home, according to a report by Ken Kurson for The Observer.

The route, which is alleged to have often been empty and money losing, was established while Samson was Chairman of the Port Authority and discontinued within days of Samson’s resignation in the wake of the Bridgegate scandal.  The September 2013 George Washington Bridge closure at the center of the Bridgegate matter occurred while Samson was Chairman.  As Chairman of the Port Authority, Samson oversaw United’s relationship with the authority’s airports.

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Posted: July 6th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Bridgegate, David Samson, News | Tags: , , , | 4 Comments »

Bridgegate Defendants Demand Chris Christie’s Phone Be Turned Over

Bridget Ann Kelly, texting, with Governor Chris Christie and Michelle Brown at Seaside Park fire, September 12, 2013, photo by Phil Stilton

Bridget Ann Kelly, texting, with Governor Chris Christie and Michelle Brown at Seaside Park fire, September 12, 2013, photo by Phil Stilton

Lawyers representing indicted Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Executive Bill Baroni and staffer Bridget Kelly are asking for the cell phone embattled Christie was using at the time of Bridgegate. Baroni and Kelly’s attorneys cited Supreme Court precedent during the Watergate scandal, where it compelled President Richard Nixon to produce his audio tapes,… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: June 16th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Bridgegate, Chris Christie | Tags: , , , , , | Comments Off on Bridgegate Defendants Demand Chris Christie’s Phone Be Turned Over

Judge orders release of Bridgegate co-conspirator names

assetContentA federal judge in Newark has ordered the release of the names of individuals who allegedly had knowledge of the scheme to shut down lanes at the George Washington Bridge before the Bridgegate scandal broke. In a ruling sought by a consortium of news organizations, including NJ Advance Media, U.S. District Judge Susan Wigenton said the… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: May 10th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Bridgegate | Tags: , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments »

What happened to Christie’s Bridgegate cell phone?

assetContent (10)TRENTON — What happened to the cell phone Gov. Chris Christie was using during the lane closures at the George Washington Bridge is becoming a crucial part of the criminal defense of a key Bridgegate defendant. During a Monday afternoon Statehouse press conference, the governor told reporters it “doesn’t matter to me” if defense attorneys for… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: May 3rd, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Bridgegate, Chris Christie | Tags: , , | 1 Comment »

Bridgegate lawyer seeks more names of more public officials

assetContent (69)NEWARK — A lawyer for a former aide to Gov. Chris Christie is asking a federal court to order prosecutors to reveal the names of individuals who knew about the plan to cause havoc by closing off lanes to the George Washington Bridge, saying the information could be vital to her defense. Attorney Michael Critchley, representing… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: March 2nd, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Bridgegate, Chris Christie | Tags: , , , , | Comments Off on Bridgegate lawyer seeks more names of more public officials

Feds fight news media request to unseal Bridgegate records

NEWARK — The U.S. Attorney’s Office is asking a federal judge to maintain the seal and redactions on certain records the government gathered in the George Washington Bridge lane closure criminal case, court records filed Tuesday night show. In particular, the brief filed by U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman’s office states that news outlets covering the… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: February 17th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Bridgegate | Tags: , , , | Comments Off on Feds fight news media request to unseal Bridgegate records

Bridgegate Defendants Can Subpoena Christie’s Documents

Bridget Ann Kelly, texting, with Governor Chris Christie and Michelle Brown at Seaside Park fire, September 12, 2013, photo by Phil Stilton

Bridget Ann Kelly, texting, with Governor Chris Christie and Michelle Brown at Seaside Park fire, September 12, 2013, photo by Phil Stilton

NEWARK–A federal judge gave the green light to lawyers for defendants in the George Washington bridge scandal to subpoena documents from the law firm hired by Gov. Chris Christie’s office to investigate the lane closures in 2013. During a hearing over pretrial motions Friday in federal court, U.S. District Judge Susan Wigenton rejected a defense request… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: February 5th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Bridgegate, Chris Christie | Tags: , , , | 2 Comments »

Bridgegate scandal defendants ask judge to throw out case

assetContent (55)NEWARK — The lawyers for Bridgegate defendants Bridget Anne Kelly and Bill Baroni urged a federal judge Monday to throw out the cases against the former allies of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, saying federal prosecutors stretched the law too far. In court papers filed late Monday, the lawyers argued impeding traffic flow is not a… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: February 2nd, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Bridgegate | Tags: , , , | 3 Comments »