On July 14, David Samson, the former chairman of the Board of Commissioners of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, pled guilty to using his official authority to pressure United Airlines to institute a non-stop flight from Newark to Columbia, South Carolina, for his personal benefit.  Samson, who lived in South Carolina and who served as New Jersey’s Attorney General from 2002 to 2003, sought to have the airline re-introduce the route to make his commute home more convenient.  Aided by a lobbyist for United, Jamie Fox, Samson interfered with United’s agreement with Port Authority to construct a wide-body airplane hangar; United ultimately introduced the airline route, which Samson used 27 times over a 15-month period.  United has entered into a nonprosecution agreement, agreeing to cooperate, institute substantial compliance reforms, and pay a $2.25 million penalty.  Fox has been separately charged but has not yet made an initial appearance.  United States v. Samson, 16-cr-334 (D.N.J.). DOJ Press Release