The chairman of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey has resigned, according to a statement from NJ Governor Chris Christie in a news conference Friday.

From FOX News:

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie announced Friday that the chairman of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey has resigned, on the heels of an internal review which called for reforms at the agency amid questions about controversial lane closures near the George Washington Bridge.

The governor, who made the announcement at a press conference, also used the forum to address and defend the findings of the review, which determined Christie was not involved in the plot. The review was conducted by a law firm Christie brought in.

The investigation’s findings, Christie said, have “supported exactly what I said.”

Christie, in saying he was “fully embracing” the recommendations of the “thorough” review, announced that David Samson, head of the Port Authority, was stepping down. Christie had 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. Samson was not implicated in the latest report.

Referencing the internal report released on Thursday, Christie also said in the press conference that he is interested in the idea of splitting the Port Authority operations into two separate entities and indicated he intended to work with NY Governor Cuomo “to further explore these recommendations and other ideas to bring a new day to the Port Authority.”

As to the Port Authority, I agree with the main thrust of the report and the need for fundamental, structural change at the Port Authority. I’m particularly intrigued by the idea of dismantling the Port Authority operations from under one roof to two. I think the report is replete with examples of the NY-NJ rivalries which have allowed this place not to work as one, but to ineffectively work as two.

You can watch the press conference and the subsequent question and answer session with reporters below.

[Featured image: NJTV News video]


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