The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey last week elected former New Jersey Attorney General David Samson as chairman.

Gov. Chris Christie in September nominated Samson to replace Anthony Coscia, who had been chairman since 2003.

“With his background and experience in public life, he is particularly suited to serve the agency, New Jersey, and New York at this critical time as we work together to maximize our shared resources to expand commercial opportunities and prosperity in the port region,” Christie said in a release.

“We also owe a debt of gratitude to Tony Coscia for his years of service to the Port Authority, particularly for helping maintain the agency’s stability and effectiveness during a deep recession.”

The bi-state authority operates four airports in the New York City metropolitan region along with commuter rail, bridges, tunnels, maritime ports, and a bus terminal in Manhattan. It also owns the World Trade Center site.

Samson was attorney general from 2002 to 2003. He also was counsel to Christie’s gubernatorial campaign and co-chair of his transition team.

He was a founding member of New Jersey-based law firm Wolff & Samson PC, whose practice includes public finance.

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