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Will Questionable Dealings with Airline Execs Clip Wings of Christie Administration?

Feds look into dealings – including specially created flight route – tied to United Airlines attempt to lower fees charged at Newark Airport

This potential scandal involving New Jersey’s governor may not fly under the radar.

Gov. Chris Christie insists he had no advance knowledge of the controversial lane closings on the George Washington Bridge, which gave birth to the “Bridgegate” scandal, and has not been implicated in either state or federal investigations. But another matter involving the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey – and Christie appointees to that agency -- may have more far-reaching consequences.

U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman is examining whether an influence campaign by United Airlines paved the way for a deal to lower United’s flight fees at Newark Liberty Airport by tens of millions of dollars a year. United’s overtures included a special flight route that benefitted the agency’s former chairman, David Samson; campaign contributions; and meetings with top officials, including Christie. The deal blew up in the wake of the burgeoning “Bridgegate” scandal.

Read the full report by WNYC and NJPR, content partners of NJ Spotlight.

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