Samson Uses Position, Proximity to Christie to Build Business
Port Authority's chairman has extended his connections throughout the state's transportation sector
- Credit: Governor's Office/Tim Larsen
Some 12 months ago when the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey voted to take over the Atlantic City airport, the move puzzled many aviation experts.
After all, the airports that the authority managed were themselves in need of investment, and AC was far beyond the 25-mile radius from the Statue of Liberty that defined the port's scope of operations.
But according to David Samson, the Port Authority's chairman of the board, the decision represented "great opportunities . . . on a going forward basis."
Samson's reference to "opportunities" was apt. As NJ Spotlight content partner WNYC report, Samson was able to transform his position, his powerful law firm, and his relationship to Gov. Chris Christie into a web of connections that spreads across the region's transportation network.