Bagger will be Christie’s Chief of Staff

Gov.-elect Christopher Christie is expected to announce that former State Sen. Richard Bagger will be his Chief of Staff.

Bagger, 49, served as an Assemblyman from 1992 to 2002, and as a State Senator from 2002 to 2003. He resigned to accept a promotion at Pfizer, a pharmaceutical company where he ran the worldwide public affairs division. He spent four years as Chairman of the Assembly Appropriations Committee. He is also a former Westfield mayor and councilman.

Last month, Christie named Bagger to lead his transition task force on budget and taxes.

"He’s obviously working very, very hard at it. I mean he’s traveling all over the country as chairman of the [Republican Governors Association] and I think at this point he has as good a chance or better than anybody else. His name is household word all across the country, and I think he would make a great president."
—former U.S. Rep. Jim Saxton (R-3), on Gov. Chris Christie