Governor Chris Christie, managing member of Christie 55 Solutions LLC, a New Jersey-based consulting firm, announced that Richard Bagger, chief of staff for his first two years as
governor, is joining the firm as a member and executive director.
“I’m delighted to welcome Rich Bagger to Christie 55 Solutions,” said Gov. Christie. “Rich brings a wealth of public policy and political experience to our firm. He has deep health care sector expertise and unparalleled corporate public affairs experience at the state, federal and international levels. He is an important addition to the firm and will bring additional value to our clients.”
Bagger served as chief of staff for Gov. Christie from 2010 to 2012, managing implementation of the governor’s policy agenda and priorities. Since 2012, Bagger has served as a commissioner and chairman of the finance committee for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. He was also chairman of the Gateway Program Development Corporation for 2017. During 2016, Gov. Christie and Bagger served respectively as chairman and executive director of Trump for America, responsible for pre-election planning for the presidential transition of Donald J. Trump.
Bagger’s public service also includes 10 years in the New Jersey General Assembly, where he chaired the Appropriations Committee and was elected to serve as majority conference leader. In 2001, Bagger was elected to the New Jersey Senate and served there until 2003.
Bagger was executive vice president of corporate affairs and market access for Celgene Corporation until its acquisition by the Bristol-Myers Squibb Company in late 2019, responsible for communications, patient advocacy, government relations and policy, market access, global health and corporate responsibility. Previously, Bagger served on Pfizer Inc’s senior most management team as senior vice president, worldwide public affairs and policy. Earlier in his career, Bagger was assistant general counsel of Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey and practiced law with McCarter & English, LLP.
“I am excited about the opportunity to join Governor Christie at Christie 55 Solutions,” Bagger said. “I look forward to working with Governor Christie to provide strategic counsel and consulting services to assist our clients with complex public policy and regulatory challenges.”
Christie 55 Solutions LLC is a New Jersey based consulting firm headed by former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie. The firm provides strategic counsel and consulting services to assist clients with their business strategies and opportunities, and with complex public policy and regulatory challenges at the state, federal and international levels.
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