David Samson, a Christie Ally, Is Sentenced to Home Confinement

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.

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Christie's neglect leaves crime victims without help | Moran

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.

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Does NJ Have a Lot to Lose if Undocumented Deported in Large Numbers?

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Former Port Authority Chairman Seeks to Avoid Prison in Bribery Case

NEWARK — A former top transportation official and mentor to Republican Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey should receive probation, not prison, for his part in a bribery scheme involving United Airlines because although he misused his position, he was “not corrupted,” his lawyers said in a court filing.

The request was contained in a 252-page brief filed late Tuesday on behalf of David Samson, the former chairman of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. He is scheduled to be sentenced March 6.

Mr. Samson, 77, is a former New Jersey attorney general who led Mr. Christie’s transition team in 2010 and was rewarded with an appointment as Port Authority chairman in 2011.

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N.J. shuts down 4 charter schools for poor performance

By Adam Clark | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com
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on March 01, 2017

 

 

TRENTON -- The state has ordered three low-performing charter schools in Newark and one in Camden to close at the end of this school year, bringing the total number of failed charter schools to 20 under the Christie administration. 

The three Newark schools -- Newark Prep Charter School, Paulo Friere Charter School and Merit Prep Charter School -- had all been on probation for academic problems. Upon further review, the state Department of Education decided to close the schools, it announced Wednesday. 

The fourth school, Camden Community Charter School, was slated to have its charter renewed this year. It was the only one of 22 renewal applications that got rejected and was denied because of poor academic performance, according to the state.

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2017 Gubernatorial Hopefuls Respond to Christie’s Budget Address

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No New Taxes, Spending in Christie’s $35.5B Budget, But He Floats Some Novel Plans

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Building Financial Literacy in High School So Kids Don’t Rack up Huge College Loans

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U.S. Immigration Crackdown Drives NJ's Undocumented Deeper into Shadows

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School districts clamor for more aid, others warn against cuts in funding debate

By Karen Yi | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com
on February 22, 2017

Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop urged a bipartisan Senate committee to more thoughtfully forge ahead with changing how public schools are funded, arguing current proposals are vague and threaten to help affluent areas "at the expense of the most needy children."

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NEWARK -- The ongoing debate over how to fairly -- and equitably -- fund public schools prompted disagreements Wednesday between two Democrats who once were considered contenders for the gubernatorial race.

Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop urged a bipartisan Senate committee to more thoughtfully forge ahead with changing how public schools are funded, arguing current proposals are vague and threaten to help affluent areas "at the expense of the most needy children." 

Senate President Stephen Sweeney (D-Gloucester), who co-chaired the committee, said Fulop's remarks were "1000 percent wrong."

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