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February 21, 2017 9:00 AM, EST

Embattled Ex-New Jersey DOT Chief Jamie Fox Dies

Office of the New Jersey Governor

Jamie Fox, who had been charged with conspiracy to commit bribery while New Jersey’s transportation commissioner in 2014, died Feb. 20, local media outlets reported.

The 62-year-old Fox had been battling health problems for several years. Formerly a lobbyist for United Airlines, Fox came under fire for not recusing himself from a 2014 meeting in which he helped David Samson, then-chairman of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, establish a regular flight to Samson's vacation home in South Carolina.

Fox resigned as commissioner in October 2015 in the wake of the allegations.

Samson pleaded guilty to a federal bribery charge last year and is awaiting sentencing. Fox, transportation commissioner in the administrations of Democratic Gov. Jim McGreevey and Republican Gov. Chris Christie, had yet to face his charge in court. Fox previously served as chairman of New Jersey Transit and the Port Authority’s deputy executive director.