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Christie mentor avoids prison time

David Samson (center), former head of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, got four years' probation.

NEWARK — The former head of a powerful transportation agency and a mentor to Governor Chris Christie was sentenced Monday to four years' probation and home confinement for pressuring United Airlines to reinstate a money-losing flight route to give him easier access to his weekend home.

Many in the courtroom sat stunned as US District Judge Jose Linares imposed the sentenc

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