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Chris Christie Ally David Samson’s Loyalty May Be Tested as Probe Winds Down

David Samson, chairman of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, listens at a board meeting in which a new 10-year capital plan was announced, and airport workers from Newark International Airport asked for a raise, on February 19, 2014 in New York City.

David Samson, chairman of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, listens at a board meeting in which a new 10-year capital plan was announced, and airport workers from Newark International Airport asked for a raise, on February 19, 2014 in New York City.

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Even as his name is scrubbed from the law firm he co-founded, David Samson’s association with New Jersey Governor Chris Christie can’t be so easily erased.

They forged their relationship more than a decade ago as prosecutors targeted by a street gang. When Christie was elected governor in 2009, Samson was transition leader before the Republican appointed him chairman of the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey, the agency that controls the region’s major airports, bridges and tunnels.