Richard Leone served as manager of Brendan T. Byrne’s 1973 and 1977 campaigns, chair of the governor-elect’s transition committee in 1973, and as State Treasurer 1974-76. Previously, he was executive director of the White House Task Force on the Cities, administrative assistant to Governor Richard J. Hughes and executive assistant to U.S. Senator George McGovern. After resigning as State Treasurer in 1977, he subsequently was the President of the New York Mercantile Exchange and later a Managing Director at Dillon Read & Co., Inc., an investment banking firm. His analytical and opinion pieces have appeared in The New York Times, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, Foreign Affairs, and The Nation. Leone was appointed by Governor Thomas H. Kean as a commissioner and was elected chairman of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey from 1988 to 1994. He later served as president of the Century Foundation, a public policy research foundation in New York City, and as a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the National Academy of Social Insurance. Following the election of Jon S. Corzine in 2004, Leone served as the chair of the governor-elect’s transition committee and subsequently was named by Governor Corzine as chair of the New Jersey Commission on Government Efficiency and Reform. He earned his Ph.D. at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University and was a member of the faculty there before and after his government service.
Joint interview with Clifford Goldman
Interview on June 9, 2015 – Transcript available here (pdf)
Interview on July 31, 2006
Interview on April 5, 2006 – Transcript available here (pdf)