#50 David Samson Port Authority, Chairman
The toughest placement on the list. His role with the Port Authority normally would make him a top 5 pick, as the preparation of the port for bigger ships will be one of the biggest economic drivers in the state in the next 10 years. The bridge mess (followed by the Hoboken/Sandy mess) changes all this. Samson hasn’t been directly implicated in either — and few think he will be — but the connections alone have impact.
Last Year's Rank: 23