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Port Authority chairman resigns amid N.J. traffic scandal

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie held a town hall meeting in Belmar, N.J., on March 25.

Julio Cortez/AP File

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie held a town hall meeting in Belmar, N.J., on March 25.

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — The chairman of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey has resigned amid continuing questions about lane closures near the George Washington Bridge and whether he has used his position to boost his law firm.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie announced David Samson’s resignation Friday. Samson is a former state attorney general.

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Christie appointed him to run the board of the bistate agency that runs several New York City-area transportation facilities, including airports and bridges and tunnels.

People close to Christie engineered four days of gridlock in September. It was intended — for reasons that remain unclear — as retaliation against a mayor.

Christie says the report that cleared him of involvement in closing lanes near the George Washington Bridge ‘‘will stand the test of time, and it will be tested.’’

His office hired the law firm that issued the report Thursday. Taxpayers paid for it.

Christie spoke Friday in his first news conference in nearly three months.

He says the lawyers who produced the report would not ‘‘give away their reputations to do some kind of slipshod job for me.’’

The report portrayed the Republican governor as a careful yet emotional leader who looked into the eyes of his top staffers as he asked what they knew about the lane closures.

Democrats have blasted the report as one-sided and incomplete.

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