Eagleton Faculty, Staff and Visiting Associates
Rich Bagger is Executive Director and a Member of Christie 55 Solutions, LLC, 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. Rich is also an Adjunct Faculty member at the Rutgers University Eagleton Institute.
During over twenty-five years in the health sector, Rich Bagger served as the senior most global Corporate Affairs executive for two Fortune 500 companies. From 2012 through 2019, he was Executive Vice President of Corporate Affairs and Market Access for Celgene Corporation, as well as a member of the company’s Executive Committee. During a 16-year career with Pfizer Inc, Rich served from 2006 to 2009 on Pfizer’s senior most management team as Senior Vice President, Worldwide Public Affairs and Policy. Prior to joining Pfizer, Rich was Assistant General Counsel of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of New Jersey and before that practiced law with McCarter & English.
Rich has a record of public service that spans three decades. While on a leave of absence from Celgene in 2016, Rich served as Executive Director of Trump for America, responsible for pre-election planning for the Presidential transition of Donald J. Trump. Since 2012 he has served as a Commissioner of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, where he is Chair of the Finance Committee. He was also Chair of the Gateway Program Development Corporation for 2017. In addition, Rich serves on the President’s Commission on White House Fellowships.
Rich’s public service also includes two years as Chief of Staff for New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, where he was responsible for managing implementation of the Governor’s policy agenda and priorities. He was also elected to serve five terms in the New Jersey General Assembly, where he chaired the Appropriations Committee and was selected by his colleagues as Majority Conference Leader. In 2001, Rich was elected to the New Jersey Senate and served there until 2003. Before his election to the Legislature, he was a Council Member and Mayor of Westfield, New Jersey.
Rich served as Board Chair of the National Pharmaceutical Council for 2019 and is a member of the Board of Directors of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. He is also on the advisory board for the Lerner Center for the Study of Pharmaceutical Management Issues at Rutgers University Business School.
He received an A.B. degree from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and a J.D. degree from Rutgers University Law School.