’Chairman’s Flight’ Lobbyist Released on $100,000 Bail

A former New Jersey power broker and lobbyist for United Airlines was released on $100,000 bail after being charged with illegally helping to arrange a special flight that benefited a top government official.

Jamie Fox, 61, appeared before a federal judge in Newark Wednesday, his first court appearance since being charged in a bribery conspiracy that led United to run twice-weekly flights for the convenience of David Samson, the former chairman of the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey.

Samson, 76, pleaded guilty July 14 to bribery for pressuring United to restore a money-losing route between Newark Liberty International Airport and Columbia, South Carolina, near a home he owns. The favor became known as “the chairman’s flight,” and it led United Continental Holdings Inc. to pay $2.25 million to avoid prosecution.

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