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Former Port Authority Chair Sentenced to 1-Year House Arrest for Bribery

David Samson, Christie friend and mentor, draws no jail time, must perform community service, pay $100,000 fine

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Credit: Port Authority of New York and New Jersey
Gov. Christie, former Port Authority chair David Samson and former PA deputy director Bill Baroni at World Trade Center site

David Samson, the former head of the Port Authority and Gov. Chris Christie’s friend and mentor, has been sentenced to a year of house arrest for his role in the so-called Chairman’s Flight bribery case.

The sentence is to be served at Samson’s South Carolina estate. In addition, the former New Jersey attorney general drew four years of probation, will have to perform 3,600 hours of community service, and pay a $100,000 fine.

Last July, Samson pleaded guilty to demanding a special flight route from United Airlines while he was chair of the board of the Port Authority of New York and Jersey. The felony bribery charge carried a sentence of up to 10 years in prison.

Prosecutors had asked for two years in jail, citing Samson's "arrogance" and "outrageous behavior."

The judge in the case, Jose Linares, said in federal court in Newark Monday that he gave Samson, 77, special consideration because of letters the judge had received from Samson allies, including former governors and attorneys general of New Jersey.

Read the full story on WNYC News, a content partner of NJ Spotlight.

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