Infrastructure & Environment

Christie Nominates an Ex-AG as Port Authority Chairman

April 30, 2014

Gov. Chris Christie turned to a Democrat today to fix the problems at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, naming former state Attorney General John Degnan to head the embattled bi-state agency at the center of the George Washington Bridge lane closing scandal.

If confirmed by the state Senate, Degnan would replace former Christie ally David Samson, who stepped down under fire last month amid mounting scrutiny over alleged conflicts involving his law firm’s dealings with the Port Authority.

Degnan, a retired insurance executive who was Attorney General under Gov. Brendan Byrne, has ties to the Christie administration, having served recently on a governor’s task force to prevent violence.

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