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Ex-boss of airport agency and mentor to Chris Christie admits corruption

Ex-boss of airport agency and mentor to Chris Christie admits corruption

The former chairman of the agency that controls New York City-area airports and a political mentor to Republican Gov. Chris Christie pleaded guilty Thursday to using his post to get United Airlines to provide regular air service that made it easier for him to get to his vacation home.

David Samson pleaded guilty to a corruption charge that he wrongfully used his Port Authority of New York and New Jersey post.

Former United CEO Jeff Smisek and two government relations executives left the airline in September after United conducted its own investigation. None of them has been charged with any criminal wrongdoing.

Samson admitted that he used the flight from Newark,...

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