The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey said former New Jersey Attorney General John Degnan was elected the 19th chairman of the agency’s board of commissioners.
Degnan was nominated by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and confirmed by the New Jersey State Senate on July 10. Christie has been slammed for the role members of his administration had in the so-called "Bridgegate" scandal, where traffic was allegedly deliberately snarled as political retribution against the mayor Fort Lee, N.J., the city at the foot of the George Washington Bridge.
Degnan's predecessor, David Samson, who was also appointed by Christie, resigned in March. Regarding Samson and his role in the scandal
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noted "emails suggested that he was more concerned about the political ramifications for Mr. Christie than drivers stuck in traffic. That was followed by a steady beat of accusations about conflicts of interest between his role at the Port Authority and his law practice."
Prior to his current job, Degnan served as vice chairman and chief operating officer of the insurance company Chubb.
“It is imperative that moving forward all agency action be open and transparent to allow for sufficient expert and public review," Degnan said. "I look forward to building upon the agency’s many successes as we deliver on the port authority’s mission of meeting our region’s transportation needs cost effectively and efficiently.”