More On The Aiken SC Mansion Owned By Chris Christie’s “Fall Guy”

… IF YOU CAN HANDLE IT || By FITSNEWS || You may have missed our earlier posts, but the scandal involving New Jersey governor Chris Christie‘s “fall guy” is growing … and has deep roots in South Carolina. In fact Augusta Magazine did a big story last fall on the…


|| By FITSNEWS || You may have missed our earlier posts, but the scandal involving New Jersey governor Chris Christie‘s “fall guy” is growing … and has deep roots in South Carolina.

In fact Augusta Magazine did a big story last fall on the $2.4 million, 4,400-square foot home owned by former Port Authority of New York and New Jersey leader David Samson – the man at the heart of the scandal.

According to investigators, Samson got United Airlines to establish a direct flight from Newark to Columbia, S.C. so that he wouldn’t have to drive from Charlotte, N.C. to Aiken on his weekend forays down south.  The route was allegedly requested at a time when United was trying to get the port authority to invest tax dollars in a $2 billion upgrade of Newark airport, one of its busiest hubs.

Samson got his route … and Newark got its upgrade.

Of course Samson had to resign his post in 2014 in the aftermath of Christie’s “Bridge-gate” scandal, and this week United chairman and CEO Jeff Smisek resigned amid an ongoing federal investigation of Samson.

Anyway, according to the flowery piece in Augusta Magazine, Samson decided to purchase the Aiken mansion – dubbed “Rest Period” – after eyeing it covetously while walking his dogs.

“Every day he admired Rest Period,” Joanna Samson told the magazine. “It was his favorite house on the block.”

Okay … but what were the Samsons doing in Aiken in the first place?

“We came to Aiken because of my equestrian activities,” Joanna said. “I am a master of foxhounds for the Fairfield County Hounds in Connecticut.”

Well, well …

In fact according to author Lucy Adams, “over the mantel in the den hangs a panoramic photograph of Joanna leading a group of foxhunters past a pastoral Connecticut cornfield.”

Bet that’s a looker …

Here’s more on the house …

The focal point of the dining room is the nine-foot-long table constructed of vintage wood planks. It stands stoutly atop a sisal rug. Overhead, a tiered Tole chandelier with a bluish-green patina gently brightens the dining experience. Leather upholstered chairs with nail-head detail entice conversation to continue long after the last course is cleared. On pleasant evenings, however, dinner guests may retire to the terrace through the glass-paned door aside the fireplace.

An abstract painting in reds and greens, by Matt Wood, draws the eye to the 19th-century French buffet beautifully carved in relief. Next to the buffet is a French throne chair with the original needlepoint. Across the room, a French porter’s chair made of rattan tucks into the windowed alcove with a view to the gardens on the east side of the house.

Sheesh …

“Beautifully carved in relief?”  “Original needlepoint?”

Here’s more …

Blues and whites in the second floor master bedroom soothe the soul and brighten this private retreat. Generous his-and-hers closets and full baths surfaced with travertine tiles and black absolute granite counters are situated on opposite sides of the sitting area. An upholstered coffee table crouches on legs that look eager to begin the chase.  It nods to the playful upholstery in the living room.

Doors open onto a porch outfitted with brown wicker chairs and deep cushions. A fresh breeze sifts through the white spindles of the railing fastened to floor planks painted gray. An awning extends the roofline and shades the view to the pool and the gardens below. Branches of the live oaks fold the sky into shadows that dance along the pathways.

Good God …

For those of you keeping score at home, two officials were indicted related to Christie’s “Bridge-gate” scandal back in May.  A third official pleaded guilty to conspiring to commit fraud on public property.

More charges are expected …


He hasn’t been a credible presidential candidate for some time.  In fact things have gotten so bad the political action committee that was created to discredit his ambitions has folded – arguing Christie has sufficiently discredited himself.

Hard to argue that …


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euwe max September 10, 2015 at 2:23 pm

The vinyl siding makes it look like a dairy.

Toyota Kawaski September 11, 2015 at 4:03 pm

that’s just your cheap ass glasses

PhD. in irrelevancy September 10, 2015 at 2:26 pm

Jim Holderman – who was defrocked from USC because he had a penchant – once bought gas at the station where I buy gas.

Am I famous too?

PS: thank you FITSNews for giving us that news deemed so fucking irrelevant, only the elitist barons care. Things no one gives a shit about – while your cronies burn down the nation – certainly is unique. Did you indict Nikki? I only read a paragraph, before I vomited from boredom. Matt Drudge, you ain’t

The Colonel September 10, 2015 at 2:32 pm

Holderman got defrocked cause he was frocking undergraduates – male undergraduates….

Rocky Verdad September 10, 2015 at 2:39 pm

A real man would have frocked graduate students.

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Rocky Verdad September 10, 2015 at 2:41 pm

Samson is an @$$wipe, as are all of Christie’s cronies. Now he’s taking down the head of United with him. Good. I used to be the most loyal Continental customer in the world. Flew them as often as I could. Once taking a flight on United to Chicago and the flight delayed as usual, I said, “Don’t worry, Continential will buy you and make things better.” Instead, United bought them and screwed up the entire airline.

Bill Brasky September 10, 2015 at 3:15 pm

I mean….I’d live there.

G.O.B. September 10, 2015 at 4:04 pm

Billy Morris owned Augusta Magazine no less! Maybe he wanted a Jersey Pipeline.

Stupid ass honkey September 10, 2015 at 4:41 pm

I owned a 100 year old 4600 sq. ft. house in an old Southern town once, it was a fucking nightmare. Not as bad as Tom Hank’s “The Money Pit”, but bad enough that I couldn’t wait to get out from underneath it after 5 years or so.

One contractor friend told me, “Let me do you a favor and tear down that house and build you a new one, it’ll save you money.”- and being a stupid stubborn shit at the time I didn’t listen/get it.

One of the funniest comments I ever received unsolicited from someone(it always had a “shock and awe” effect on people when I invited them over) was an old Southern gentleman whispering to me after my wife and his wife walked ahead of us in the driveway, “Where do you keep the 100 niggers it takes to keep this place up?”.

Fuck I was stupid.

Philip Branton September 11, 2015 at 12:34 am


“In fact Augusta Magazine did a big story last fall on the $2.4 million, 4,400-square foot home owned by former Port Authority of New York and New Jersey leader David Samson – the man at the heart of the scandal…..”

Ya know……..we would love for FITSNEWS to get the phone and email and text and twitter “breadcrumbs” that were tipped to the EDITOR of the Augusta Magazine. …..or maybe a record of Tee times at Augusta National leading up to the publishing of this article.

One thing is for sure…………Wil needs to get the writer for the wavy article about this home to write a few pieces on Clyburn, Graham and Nikki’s homes.

Bible Thumper September 11, 2015 at 1:00 am

This was a pleasure to read as I lie upon my overstuffed micro – fiber couch as I gaze across at my melamine kitchen cabinets topped with faux amber – quarry laminate countertops with bull nose edge, stainless steel divided sink with Kohler faucet.

Bible Thumper and David Samson sure know how to live.

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Same 'ol Same 'ol September 11, 2015 at 4:39 pm

Sounds like where Gweneth Paltrow would live.


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