New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has nominated former New Jersey Attorney General John Degnan as the next chairman of the embattled Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.
Degnan, a registered Democrat, replaces Christie confidante David Samson, who resigned last month amid accusations of conflicts of interest. Port Authority officials came under scrutiny by the national press after the explosion of a Christie administration scandal involving the deliberate engineering of traffic problems on the George Washington Bridge.
Christie called Degnan "a respected, distinguished public official" and has asked him to take over the agency while it faces "a number of really critical issues."
"At a time when there are significant challenges to the Port Authority both to its mission and to the purpose it serves to the people of the region, I wanted someone with unquestioned credentials both politically, from a partisan perspective and for most importantly, the issue of integrity," Christie said. "When I considered those factors, I was thrilled that John was willing to step forward and serve one more time."
Degnan gave very brief remarks, saying he is grateful for confidence governor has in him and noted he will "do my best to match your expectations."
"I will come to the job without any preconceived ideas," Degnan said.
First published April 29 2014, 12:17 PM
Alex Moe is a Capitol Hill producer for NBC News covering the House of Representatives. She was previously a producer in the New York Bureau and was a campaign embed reporter for the 2012 election, reporting on all things related to the Iowa Caucus, presidential candidate Newt Gingrich, and Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan.
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She began her career at NBC as the 2010 Tim Russert Fellow based in Washington, DC.
Moe is a graduate of the University of Maryland, College Park with bachelor degrees in both broadcast journalism and government and politics. She is a Maryland native who now lives in Washington, DC.