NEWARK, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has been trying to gain traction in his bid to be president, but the resignation of three top executives at United Airlines tied to the former Port Authority chairman is not likely to help.
As WCBS 880’s Peter Haskell reported, there is no link between Christie and the United Airlines scandal tied to former Port Authority of New York and New Jersey chairman David Samson. But Patrick Murray of Monmouth University said it amounts to another suggestion that something is amiss.
“It’s just a drip, drip, drip, drip on Chris Christie,” Murray said.
Murray said the scandals will likely be damaging for Christie.
“Christie is a wounded candidate,” he said.
United Airlines chief executive officer Jeffrey Smisek and two other top executives abruptly resigned Tuesday amid a federal investigation into the possible trading of favors between the airline and Samson, the Christie-appointed former head of the Port Authority.
When Samson was in charge at agency, United resumed direct flights to the South Carolina airport near his vacation home. Around the same time, United was pressing for concessions from the agency, including a new hangar at Newark Liberty International Airport, rent reductions and a commuter rail-line extension that would connect the airport directly to lower Manhattan.