Former Christie cabinet member Jamie Fox faces flight shakedown charges in court

Former Christie cabinet member Jamie Fox (center) faces flight shakedown  conspiracy charges in court.

Former Christie cabinet member Jamie Fox (center) faces flight shakedown conspiracy charges in court. (8/3/16)

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.

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