NEWARK - A former member of Gov. Chris Christie’s cabinet and former United Airlines lobbyist appeared in federal court Wednesday to face conspiracy to commit bribery charges.

Jamie Fox didn't enter a plea Wednesday during the appearance. His bail was set at $100,000.

Federal prosecutors allege that Fox helped former Port Authority chairman David Samson get a regular flight to Samson's vacation home in South Carolina when Fox was a paid consultant and lobbyist for United. Samson pleaded guilty last month.

Fox's lawyer has previously said his client would never jeopardize his reputation by engaging in illegal behavior.

Chicago-based United agreed to pay a $2.25 million penalty and says it agreed to continue to enhance its compliance, anti-bribery and anti-corruption program.

Fox faces up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

The Associated Press wire services contributed to this report.