Jeff Smisek has resigned as chairman, president and CEO of United Continental amid the probe over the Bridgegate scandal that involved appointees and staff of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.
According to CNBC,
the airline announced Tuesday that Oscar Munoz has taken over the role of CEO.
United Continental created a special route for former Port Authority Chairman David Samson from Newark to his home in South Carolina in exchange for millions of dollars in funding for projects that benefited United, Bloomberg reported.
The special route, created while Samson was Port Authority director, ended on April 1, 2014. That was just days after Samson resigned while the Bridgegate probe was still making news and threatening Christie's plans to run for president.
Christie has denied any knowledge of the plan initiated by his staff and appointees, including Samson, to block lanes of the George Washington Bridge connecting New York City and Fort Lee, New Jersey. A major theory of the reason for the closures was retaliation against the Fort Lee mayor for not supporting Christie's re-election bid.
Christie, once considered a possible frontrunner for the GOP nomination, has not been near the top of the polls since candidates began announcing their runs this year.
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