Protest planned for upcoming Port Authority meeting

A left-leaning group behind the protests at Gov. Chris Christie’s last town hall event will picket outside of an upcoming Port Authority meeting to demand the chairman’s resignation.

Members of the New Jersey Working Families Alliance plan to protest outside of Wednesday’s Port Authority meeting in Newark. The group is demanding Chairman David Samson resign amid the growing controversy surrounding the George Washington Bridge lane closures and what the group claims is Samson’s conflicts of interests between his private law firm and Port Authority dealings.

“Two weeks ago New Jersey Working Families filed a formal ethics complaint against Samson, alleging that the chairman repeatedly involved himself in Port Authority matters that benefited clients of his private law firm, Wolff & Samson,” the group said in a statement. “Among the allegations are that Chairman Samson voted on the rehabilitation of a PATH Station in Harrison on land partly owned by a client of his law firm and that the chairman voted to lower a lease between the Port Authority and another of his firm’s clients from $900,000 a year to only $1 annually.”

The protest is slated for 12:30.

New Jersey Working Families Alliance is one group behind the recent protests outside of Christie’s town hall events.

Some of the half dozen protesters ejected from Christie’s last town hall event in Mount Laurel also identified as members of the New Jersey Working Families Alliance.

Protest planned for upcoming Port Authority meeting