Nomination of John Degnan as new Port Authority chairman approved by state Senate

Gov. Chris Christie's pick to lead the Port Authority was confirmed by the state Senate. Former state Attorney General John Degnan was chosen to replace

Former state Attorney General John Degnan's confirmation hearing

Former state Attorney General John Degnan's confirmation hearing was held in the State House. (Credit: News 12 New Jersey)

TRENTON - Gov. Chris Christie's pick to lead the Port Authority was confirmed by the state Senate today.

Former state Attorney General John Degnan was chosen to replace David Samson as chairman of the Board of Commissioners. 

Degnan faced a grilling from lawmakers in Trenton prior to his confirmation. He refused to answer specific questions about the agency's role in Bridge-Gate, but did say he looked forward to making big changes.

"I can't think of an agency that's more challenged or more in need of reform than the Port Authority is," he says. "I can't think of a better time to come to an agency if you want to be a reformer than when it's in crisis."

Christie's other pick for the Port Authority board, George Laufenberg, was also confirmed by the full Senate.

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