The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey on Thursday elected former New Jersey Attorney General David Samson as its 18th chairman.
Samson, who was nominated by New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and confirmed by the State Senate on Jan. 25, succeeds Anthony R. Coscia, who served as chairman since April 2003 – the longest tenure as Chairman in the bi-state authority’s modern history.
Samson, a founding member of the law firm Wolff & Samson, has a 40-year career in private practice, including experience in business and corporate litigation, administrative proceedings, and governmental and regulatory affairs.
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During 2002-2003, Samson served as New Jersey’s attorney general, the state’s chief law enforcement officer. In this role, he supervised the statewide divisions of Criminal Justice, New Jersey State Police, Civil Rights, Consumer Affairs, and Gaming Enforcement, as well as the Division of Law, which represents all executive departments in New Jersey State government. As chairman of the New Jersey Domestic Security Preparedness Task Force, he worked hand-in-hand with federal agencies in organizing and directing counterterrorism efforts throughout the New Jersey-New York area.
In 2009, Mr. Samson was counsel to the gubernatorial election campaign of Chris Christie and thereafter served as the chairman of the Transition Committee for Governor Christie.
Among his public positions, Samson was appointed by Gov. James Florio as a member of the governor’s Commission on Health Care Costs and by Gov. Thomas Kean as the chairman of the governor’s Task Force on the Laws Governing the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. He also served from 1982 to 1990 as general counsel to the New Jersey Turnpike Authority.
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