Chris Christie (R), resigned his unpaid but politically powerful post on Friday, the governor announced at an afternoon news conference.

Mr. Samson, the senior New Jersey official at the dual state transportation agency, was the last close ally to Governor Christie left standing after the Bridge gate scandal broke in January.

In 2012, Samson helped direct $256 million to revamp a commuter rail station, just months after a Wolf Samson client proposed a plan to convert a nearby warehouse into a luxury residence. Cheap Jerseys free shipping The revamped station would increase the value of the new apartment building.

Christie continued to defend his friend at Friday’s news conference, his first since the Bridge gate scandal broke.

The project was proposed by The Rockefeller Group, a New York developer that hired Wolff Samson to lobby the Christie administration to get the project approved. « And so I hope that that’s what General Samson did, I trust that’s what he did in most if not all those instances. »

« So that’s an issue for him to deal with directly, » the governor continued. « I’m sure that he will.

Mr. Foye put an end to the « traffic study » on the fifth day of the traffic snarling lane closures.

Many have questioned why Christie’s team of lawyers conducting an internal review of the Bridge gate affair never questioned Samson.

On Thursday, lawyers for the Christie administration released a 344 page report that « vindicated » the governor, and blamed a close aide of the governor and Wildstein for the traffic disaster stemming from the September lane closures.

Many officials involved in the scandal have invoked their Fifth Amendment privilege against self incrimination and did not cooperate with the attorneys conducting the governor’s internal review.

Christie has insisted that every member of his administration cooperated with the investigation, but Samson was left alone.

« He explained to me that here were issues of attorney client privilege that he feared would be compromised if he participated in an interview, » Christie said.

Samson’s resignation Friday marks the fifth high level official to leave his or her job after January’s revelations that senior members of the Christie administration orchestrated the lane closures leading to the bridge.