Former Port Authority official David Samson given 4 years’ probation for United Airlines bribery scheme

Former Port Authority officials David Samson (center) leaves court after he was sentenced to four years probation and one year of house arrest for his role in a bribery scheme with United Airlines.

Former Port Authority officials David Samson (center) leaves court after he was sentenced to four years probation and one year of house arrest for his role in a bribery scheme with United Airlines. (3/6/17)

NEWARK - One of New Jersey's former political power players has been sentenced to four years of probation for a bribery scheme involving United Airlines.

David Samson must also serve one year of house arrest and pay a $100,000 fine after he pleaded guilty last year for pressuring the airline to revive a money-losing flight from Newark Liberty International Airport to an airport near his weekend home in South Carolina in 2012.

Samson will serve the year of house arrest in that South Carolina home because it is now his full-time residence.

Samson was chairman of Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and was negotiating with United over a hangar it wanted to build at Newark.

Samson is a former New Jersey attorney general who headed Gov. Chris Christie's transition team when Christie was elected in 2009.

Samson, 77, apologized before sentencing. He had faced up to two years in prison, though his plea agreement allowed for the possibility of probation.

The Associated Press wire services contributed to this report.

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