Asbury Park Press

With an impending vote Friday by the state Pinelands Commission to allow a natural gas pipeline to supply the BL England power station, opponents sought to link the project to Gov. Chris Christie's bridge-traffic scandal — through David Samson, Christie's appointee to the Port Authority, and a lawyer for the power plant owners.

As the George Washington Bridge traffic inquiries engulfed Christie's inner circle, pipeline critics Thursday seized on Samson's connection to Rockland Capital, the Texas-based company that paid $12 million for the 50-year-old, coal-fired power station in upper Cape May County and hopes to rebuild the site as a full-time, gas-fired generator, supplied by South Jersey Gas.

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