Resignation expected as third investigation is launched in Port Authority
April 14th, 2014
03:01 PM ET
8 years ago

Resignation expected as third investigation is launched in Port Authority

New York (CNN) - Another New Jersey representative on the board of commissioners at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey is stepping aside, according to several sources with knowledge of the commissioner's plan to hand in his resignation.

Commissioner Anthony Sartor was appointed to his position in 1999 by then-Republican New Jersey Gov. Christine Whitman. He continued to serve at the pleasure of several governors including Chris Christie. Sartor is expected to resign soon.

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Sartor is the chairman of the World Trade Center Redevelopment Subcommittee, a role that has seen its share of controversy, thanks to cost overruns and long delays. Sartor is the CEO and a founding member of the New Jersey-based engineering firm Paulus, Sokolowski & Sartor. He has recused himself from several board votes on large contracts and other agency business over the last few years.

A perceived conflict of interest was further bolstered when it came to light in 2008 that STV Group, the firm managing the World Trade Center transit hub and other projects at the site, was in talks to buy Sartor’s engineering firm. The transit hub was wracked by delays and a ballooning budget.

While Sartor recused himself from all votes concerning STV contracts they were all approved by a unanimous vote.

News of Sartor’s impending resignation comes just a few weeks after Christie’s board chairman David Samson stepped down from his seat overseeing business at the Port Authority. Samson also recused himself from several board votes over the years – Port Authority members are required to recuse themselves if they feel there might be a conflict of interest.Samson had come under increasing pressure to resign because some of his law firm's clients benefited from business with the Port Authority. his name also popped up in documents surrounding the George Washington Bridge lane closures controversy.

Meanwhile, a third investigation into the bi-state transportation authority has begun. The Manhattan District Attorney in New York sent a broad subpoena to the Port Authority asking for information on a number of large projects and contracts, according to two sources familiar with the request. Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance is looking into whether any New York state laws were violated while agency business was conducted, the sources said. The Port Authority’s headquarters are in New York.

The U.S. Attorney’s office in New Jersey is looking into whether any federal laws were violated when members of Christie’s administration ordered shutting down access lanes at the George Washington Bridge in September in an alleged political payback scheme. A New Jersey legislative committee is also investigating that matter.

The Wall Street Journal reported that Vance is seeking correspondence between Christie and members of his administration. The investigation is also reportedly focusing on some of the largest and most costly infrastructure projects in the country including the reconstruction of the Pulaski Skyway, repair work on the Goethals and Bayonne Bridges, the World Trade Center transit hub and other work at the site of the attacks on 9/11.

A spokesman from the District Attorney’s office would not comment for this report. A Port Authority spokesman would not confirm nor deny that the agency had been issued a subpoena. Christie’s office also declined to comment. ​

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soundoff (17 Responses)
  1. Gurgyl

    What do you say, just saying? GOP is pretty shame.

    April 14, 2014 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  2. salty dog

    What no absolute denial from Christie? The last one was do believable, you guys are killing me! Hey Tommy, more witch hunts, too funny, you convict Obama without a shred of evidence, and tout Christies innocense, now that's maturity at its finest. He has zero chance at the white house,simply not ready for the world stage.

    April 14, 2014 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  3. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA - Take Back the House

    The house of cards is tumbling down.

    April 14, 2014 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  4. salty dog

    Something about rats abandoning ship, this is to much, lmao Tommy, make it stop: my sides hurt!!

    April 14, 2014 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  5. salty dog

    Its those meddling democrats huh Tommy, oh this is getting good, nothing to see here folks, move along.

    April 14, 2014 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  6. jeffp

    I think Christie should hire his boy Rany Mayonaise to investigate this. The guy needs to practice lying.

    April 14, 2014 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  7. The Real Tom Paine

    Ah, nothing to see here, move along, Fast and Furious, Benghazi, IRS: now, Mr. Issa, this is what a scandal looks like. You go where the evidence takes you, not decide in advance what is wrong and work your way backwards to a question. Funny how the Rightie apologists will say this resignation was nothing unusual, whereas Sibellius is proof positive of wrongdoing. Funny how I can predict that in advance, eh Tommy, Just Saying, Ricky McDaniel and the rest of the junta.

    April 14, 2014 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  8. david saint

    did you hear that? thats the sound of Christies career taking a nose dive.

    April 14, 2014 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  9. rs

    Now that the CBO just announced the ACA is going to cost $105 billion less next year and $5 billion less this year, what will the Republicans use to take attention away from their lack of a record and Mr. Christie's growing bridge problem?

    April 14, 2014 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  10. just asking

    just what does this have to do with christie? this guy was apointed long before he was governor? the looney left spinning more lies.

    April 14, 2014 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  11. Tommy G

    Desperate Democrats doing desperate things. Not sure why Christie's name is mentioned in this story as the story has nothing to do with him or the bridge prank.

    April 14, 2014 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  12. Jojola

    And..........another one gone! Another one gone! Another one bites the dust!

    April 14, 2014 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  13. bobo

    What did Christie do? Prove it!

    April 14, 2014 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  14. ProudDem

    We should probably thank Christie...his one bridge too far brought all of this corruption into the light. He isn't to blame for all of it, but he's to thank for hopefully at least some of it getting cleaned up due to his incompetence.

    April 14, 2014 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  15. Tampa Tim

    I think we all know Hannity's lead story tonight will be e-cigarettes, not Bridgegate.

    April 14, 2014 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  16. Norma Vessels

    Well, well, well, the plot thickens. Can barely stir it anymore.

    April 14, 2014 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  17. tom l

    Hilarious to hear the gang here. So the IRS targeted 100% of conservative groups and 29% of liberal groups. We haven't been able to see nearly the evidence that has been brought out by this one governor of one state that most of the gang doesn't even live in yet this is their primary focus. Too funny.

    Keep putting all of that trust and faith in the IRS. They certainly have earned trust and faith throughout the years....not. I'll say it again, the partisanship and divide has gotten so great (thanks to ALL of our "mis"representatives and our president that it has people staunchly defending the freakin IRS.

    April 14, 2014 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |