U.S. attorney seeks records on Port Authority chairman

U.S. attorney seeks records on Port Authority chairman

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Port Authority Chairman David Samson in 2011. (AP photo/Julio Cortez) Port Authority Chairman David Samson in 2011. (AP photo/Julio Cortez)
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The office of U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara has subpoenaed records from the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey related to Chairman David Samson's business interests, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing sources.

Samson, an ally of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, has a powerful law firm in New Jersey called Wolff & Samson PC. Bharara's prosecutors are reportedly looking at potential conflicts of interest between Samson's role at the Port Authority and his business interests at the law firm.

The inquiry is separate from the federal probe in New Jersey related to the toll lane closures at the George Washington Bridge. But the Journal reported that the inquiry by the office of Bharara, the Manhattan-based U.S. attorney, could be handed over to his counterpart in New Jersey, U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman.

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