Mr. Samson, a prominent lawyer and close Christie ally, declined to be interviewed by the lawyers who were commissioned by the governor. . The report has been criticized by Democrats as not being thorough and designed soley to exonerate Mr. Christie. Mr. Christie said that Mr. Samson had raised the subject of retiring well before the scandal erupted and there was nothing to indicate that he had done anything wrong. “I think that his role was not central in any of these things, nor has it ever been alleged that his role was central,” Mr. Christie said. “He is 74 years old and he is tired,” he said. Mr. Samson, who was appointed by Mr. Christie to the authority’s board in 2011, issued a statement shortly after Mr. Christie made the announcement. “Over the past months, I have shared with the Governor my desire to conclude my service to the PANYNJ,” Mr. Samson said in thestatement. “The timing is now right, and I am confident that the Governor will put new leadership in place to address the many challenges ahead.” Mr. Samson came under scrutiny after emails were made public showing that Mr. Samson derided his New York counterpart at the authority, who ordered the lanes reopened.
I haven't bothered to write about Gibson Dunn/Randy Mastro's joke of an exoneration report for Chris Christie. Let's just say I am not at all convinced by what they put out.