By JT Aregood • 03/15/17
Murphy wears and SEIU 32BJ hat and scarf after being endorsed by the union in the 2017 governor’s race
Murphy wears and SEIU 32BJ hat and scarf after being endorsed by the union in the 2017 governor’s race. Alyana Alfaro for Observer
A Quinnipac poll released Wednesday found that Democratic former U.S. ambassador and Goldman Sachs executive Phil Murphy is holding onto his early lead in New Jersey’s gubernatorial contest, while Republican lieutenant governor Kim Guadagno is coming in ahead of comedian Joe Piscopo, her chief primary rival.
In a general election matchup, Murphy leads Guadagno 47 – 25 percent, with 25 percent undecided as to who they would choose to succeed Governor Chris Christie when he is term-limited out next year.
David Samson, a former attorney general of New Jersey and a longtime friend of Gov. Chris Christie, avoided being sentenced to prison time on Monday despite having pleaded guilty to pressuring executives of United Airlines into operating a weekly flight to South Carolina for his personal convenience. Instead, he was ordered to serve one year of home confinement and pay a fine of $100,000.
Mr. Samson, 77, admitted in federal court in July that he had used his power as chairman of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to coerce United into running the route even though it was not profitable. He had threatened to block the construction of a hangar that United needed at Newark Liberty International Airport unless the airline provided the service. The route ended in Columbia, near a country estate that is now Mr. Samson’s principal residence, according to prosecutors.
Mr. Samson was one of four allies of Mr. Christie to be convicted or to plead guilty to charges that arose from investigations into the closing of access lanes to the George Washington Bridge in 2013.
Seven days after the man returned home from prison, he was sitting on his porch on South 8th Street in Newark playing cards when a gunman came and shot him dead.
The police arrived in minutes, asked their questions and set off to hunt down the killer. The ambulance crew came and carried away the body. The yellow tape marking the crime scene was cut down and removed.
That was it, move on, folks. These things happen.