Ethics Complaints Filed against Pa Chairman
Koloff, Abbott, The Record (Bergen County, NJ)
An independent watchdog group said Monday that it was filing a complaint with the New Jersey State Ethics Commission against Port Authority Chairman David Samson, who has been the subject of controversies over whether his law firm's clients benefited from his public position.
The complaint by the New Jersey Working Families Alliance alleges that Samson committed "various violations" of the state's laws and regulations regarding conflicts of interest.
The group argues that the ethics commission has jurisdiction to hear the matter even though the Port Authority is an independent bi- state agency because New Jersey's Conflicts of Interest Law covers members of "any interstate agency to which New Jersey is a party."
The argument is bolstered by a 2009 Port Authority resolution requiring each commissioner to comply with the laws and rules of "his or her state of appointment," the group says in the complaint.
Samson, who was appointed by Governor Christie, has been a significant figure in the George Washington Bridge lane closure scandal and has been accused of participating in several agency decisions that benefited his firm's clients.
The Port Authority referred questions about the complaint to a Samson spokeswoman, who did not immediately respond to inquiries. …