Chris Dagget has held top environmental posts under former New Jersey Governor Thomas Kean, as well as under Presidential Ronald Reagan. He was New Jersey’s Commissioner of Environmental Protection, and has gone on to do significant work in environmental fields. He claims he has become disillusioned with the two major parties and wants to run for Governor independently of those parties. Daggett is not aiming low, though, he wants to raise a hefty sum of money.
Daggett, who changed his party affiliation this year, says he wants to raise $3.6 million to qualify for public matching funds so that he can run a $10.9 million campaign for governor.
“I’m going to file,” he said. “I will go down the road to see if I can get support. We haven’t had a truly viable third party candidate, and we need one. There are 1.7 million Democrats in this state and 1 million Republicans, but 2.4 million voters are unaffiliated.”
Dr. Brigid Harrison, professor of political science at Montclair State University, said third party candidates for governor historically create little substantial effect. If anything, Christie (presuming he’s the GOP nominee) would probably take a bigger vote hit than Gov. Jon Corzine from Daggett, she said.
More here on Daggetts views, his goals, and his statements concerning his opponents. He has no website yet, nor have any supporting websites sprung up.