Port Authority chairman ducks out of public meeting amid controversies

The Port Authority held its second public commissioner's meeting in New Jersey Wednesday, but almost all of it was without Chairman David Samson.

Protesters outside the Port Authority's Jersey City headquarters want Samson to resign over the series of controversies surrounding his embattled tenure at the bi-state agency.

Protesters outside the Port Authority's Jersey City headquarters want Samson to resign over the series of controversies surrounding his embattled tenure at the bi-state agency. (3/19/14)

JERSEY CITY - The Port Authority held its second public commissioner's meeting in New Jersey Wednesday, but almost all of it was without Chairman David Samson.

Protesters outside the Port Authority's Jersey City headquarters want Samson to resign over the series of controversies surrounding his embattled tenure at the bi-state agency.

Samson is implicated in Bridge-Gate, rumors of influence peddling, and voting on agency business he should have recused himself from.

Samson says it's time to look at the authority's recusal policy. "What action should be taken, whether there would be a recusal or non-recusal, then the question of how do you handle that," Samson asks. "Do you leave the room? Is it enough not to participate in the discussion?"

The chairman left those in attendance at the meeting without a chance to confront him directly.

Executive Director Patrick Foye refused to answer any questions about Samson. "My job and the job of every staff member at the Port Authority is to work with the people who are the Board of Commissioners, who are put in that position by Gov. Cuomo and Gov. Christie and we will continue to do that."

Samson left without taking questions from reporters. 

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