Nominated by Gov. Chris Christie this afternoon as the next “General” to shoulder the mantle of leader of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, John Degnan is a former candidate for governor – and, like Christie, a lawman.
Hand picked by then-Governor Brendan Byrne, Degnan resigned his position as Attorney General in 1981 to pursue his own shot at Drumthwacket.
He failed to get traction in a field of 13 Democratic contenders, including U.S. Rep. James Florio, Newark Mayor Ken Gibson, U.S. Rep. Bob Roe and Senate President Joe Merlino.
Degnan finished in fifth place in a field bested by Florio, who would go on to lose to Republican Thomas Kean, Sr. in the general election.
That Democratic Primary also included Jersey City Mayor Tom Smith, prodded into an ill-fated run by Hudson County powerbrokers looking to relieve him of duty as mayor.