One of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's closest allies, who's already embroiled in the bridge-closing scandal swirling around the governor, could be caught up in another controversy, The Bergen Record reported Monday night.
Just three months after a builder represented by his law firm proposed a swanky new apartment complex along the Passaic River, David Samson — the Christie-appointed chairman of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey — backed a $256 million plan to overhaul a nearby train station, the Record said, citing extensive records and interviews.
The March 2012 vote is now raising questions of conflict of interest in a state government that has seen its image take a beating over the past few weeks.
Samson's law firm is the same one that represented another development that Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer said she was pressured to support by two Christie Cabinet members — with Hurricane Sandy relief aid held as hostage.
Zimmer's allegations added fuel to allegations that Christie has operated as a swaggering political bully in the governor's mansion.
Those complaints emerged when emails surfaced this month showing that aides ordered lane closings on the George Washington Bridge in apparent retaliation for the refusal of the mayor of Fort Lee, N.J., to endorse Christie for re-election.
Samson has denied any wrongdoing, but the Record reported that he has retained independent counsel.