Former New Jersey Attorney General David Samson is the new chairman of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.
Port Authority board members approved Samson's nomination on Thursday. The Republican lawyer was nominated for the post by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and approved by the state Senate last
Samson served as attorney general for Gov. Jim McGreevey. He led Christie's transition team following the Republican's election as governor in 2009.
He replaces Anthony Coscia, who had chaired the authority since 2003 _ the longest tenure in the agency's modern history.
Coscia will continue to serve on the Port Authority board.
The bistate agency operates airports, bridges and tunnels in the New York-northern New Jersey region.