- Associated Press - Friday, December 26, 2014

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - The former chairman of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey has dropped his lawsuit against New Jersey’s state ethics commission.

Court documents show David Samson filed paperwork dropping the suit in U.S. District Court on Wednesday. His decision was first reported by The Philadelphia Inquirer.

Phone calls to Samson’s lawyers were not returned Friday.

New Jersey State Ethics Commission legal specialist Casey Woods confirmed the suit was dropped, but declined further comment because the investigation is open.

Samson and his law firm, Wolff & Samson, filed the suit earlier this month. They argued the commission had no jurisdiction, since the authority is governed by laws enacted by both states.

The suit was filed a day before lawmakers from both states and parties held a news conference urging New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie to sign legislation overhauling the authority.

Without the signature of both governors, the legislation aimed at increasing transparency at the agency cannot become law. Cuomo faces a Saturday deadline to sign the legislation.

Samson stepped down this year amid questions he may have used the post to help his law firm’s clients. He became the focus of scrutiny after another Port Authority official and one of Christie’s aides ordered the closure of lanes at the George Washington Bridge in 2013.

Samson chaired the authority when New Jersey Transit - a client of his firm, according to published reports - got a $1-a-year lease for a parking lot near the Lincoln Tunnel. The previous lease was for $900,000 annually.

After Samson’s resignation, the authority considered rescinding the lease.

In March, the New Jersey Working Families Alliance asked the commission for an investigation.

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