Chris Daggett, Independent candidate for governor of NJ, to deliver policy address, Oct. 7
Chris Daggett, Independent candidate for governor of New Jersey, will present a public talk titled, "New Jersey's Challenges: What the Future Holds" at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 7, in Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall on the Princeton University campus.
Daggett, a lifelong resident of New Jersey, was born in Orange, and moved to Linwood before settling in Bernards Township. He attended Ridge High School, graduated from the University of North Carolina with a BA in Interdisciplinary Studies and the University of Massachusetts with a doctorate in education.
After earning his doctorate, Daggett returned to his hometown of Bernards Township and worked on Senator Ray Bateman’s 1977 campaign for governor. In 1981, Daggett worked on Tom Kean’s gubernatorial campaign. After Kean’s election as Governor in 1981, Chris served as his deputy chief of staff, where among other issues, he specialized in education and higher education policy for New Jersey’s “Education Governor.”
In 1984, Chris was appointed Regional Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the top federal environmental position for New York, New Jersey, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. At the EPA, Chris showed his independence by rejecting the controversial Westway project — intended to fill over 250 acres of the Hudson River to build a massive amount of retail and commercial space — even though it had the support of most of New York City and New York State’s power structure.
Daggett rejoined the Kean administration in 1988 as Commissioner of the state Department of Environmental Protection, where he stopped garbage and medical waste from washing up on New Jersey’s beaches, and took on numerous battles against those who polluted our land and waterways and fouled our air.
After leaving public service at the end of 1989, Daggett became a partner in William E. Simon & Sons, an investment firm, where he focused on identifying environmental industry investment opportunities. In that capacity, he first got involved in brownfields redevelopment and today has his own firm dedicated to buying, remediating and redeveloping contaminated properties. He also works at J.M. Sorge Inc., an environmental consulting firm, helping cities and suburbs clean up and redevelop their own polluted industrial sites.
Invitations to speak were extended to Democratic candidate Jon Corzine and Chris Christie, Republican candidate.
This event is co-sponsored by the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and the Policy Research Institute for the Region. It is free and open to the public.