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Interviews with John J. Degnan

John J. Degnan served on the governor’s staff during the first term as an assistant counsel; associate counsel; chief counsel: and executive secretary to the Governor. He was nominated by the Governor at the beginning of his second term in January 1978 as Attorney General and served in that post until resigning in 1980 prior to announcing his candidacy for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination in 1981. He is currently vice chairman and chief operating officer of the The Chubb Corporation after previously serving as vice chairman and chief administrative officer and as Chubb’s chief ethics and legal compliance officer since 2005. He first joined Chubb & Son in 1990 as a senior vice president and general counsel. In September 1996, he was elected president of The Chubb Corporation and also became president of Chubb & Son in 1998. Mr. Degnan serves on the boards of the American Institute for Chartered Property Casualty Underwriters; the School of Risk Management, Insurance and Actuarial Science; St. John’s University; St. Benedict’s Preparatory School; Saint Barnabas Medical Center; RAND Institute for Civil Justice; and the New Jersey Performing Arts Center. He is also a member of the Supreme Court of New Jersey Disciplinary Oversight Committee. After working as a law secretary for the late New Jersey Supreme Court Justice John Francis, Mr. Degnan joined the Newark law firm of Clapp & Eisenberg. In 1974, he was appointed assistant counsel to Governor Byrne, becoming chief counsel to the governor in 1977. He graduated from Saint Vincent College magna cum laude in 1966 and from Harvard Law School with a Juris Doctor degree in 1969. He received honorary degrees from the College of St. Elizabeth in 1978 and from Seton Hall University in 1979.


Interview on April 5, 2006Transcript available here (pdf)


Interview on August 7, 2006Transcript available here (pdf)


Interview on May 23, 2011Transcript available here (pdf)