2014-03-28T194152Z_3_CBREA2R04D700_RTROPTP_2_MEDIA-CHRISCHRISTIE-DIANESAWYER

Day after 'Bridgegate' report, Christie says Port chair resigns

By Daniel Kelley TRENTON, New Jersey (Reuters) – Governor Chris Christie on Friday said the chairman of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey had resigned, a day after an internal investigation cleared Christie in the “Bridgegate” scandal engulfing the potential 2016 Republican presidential contender. David Samson, 74, a lawyer and ally of the governor at the agency that oversees bridges and tunnels connecting the two states, had been discussing for a year his desire to step down, Christie told a news conference. “David tendered his resignation to me this afternoon, effective immediately,” Christie said in his first news conference since a two-hour-long question and answer session on January 9 after a scandal erupted over the purportedly politically motivated closure of traffic lanes on the George Washington Bridge between New York City and Fort Lee, New Jersey. Christie defended the report, which blamed former deputy chief of staff Bridget Anne Kelly and Port Authority official David Wildstein for closing bridge entrance lanes in an apparent bid to retaliate against the Democratic mayor of the town of Fort Lee who had not endorsed Christie’s 2013 re-election campaign.

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