While New Jersey news media outlets obsessed over negative news stories about America’s President Donald Trump, the Governor of the Garden State Chris Christie will be leaving office after two terms thereby initiating what just may turn out to be a fierce GOP race for the party’s governorship.
So far, four candidates have thrown their hats into the ring: Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno, Assemblyman Jack Ciattarelli, Nutley Commissioner Steven Rogers, and Ocean County businessman Joseph Rullo and Nutley, New Jersey Commissioner of Public Affairs and Fox News Channel contributor Steve Rogers.
On the anniversary of the December 7 bombing of Pearl Harbor, Nutley, New Jersey, Commissioner Steven Rogers announced his intention to challenge the GOP establishment for the state governorship. Recent surveys have indicated that Christie is politically vulnerable thanks to a scandal involving the George Washington Bridge, which connects New Jersey with New York City, as well as the perception of an overall lack of leadership qualities.
After receiving an honorable discharge from the USAF in 1974, Steven Rogers became a police officer in the city of East Orange, New Jersey. In 1976, he left the East Orange Police Department and became a police officer in the Township of Nutley, N.J. until he retired in 2011 as a Detective Lieutenant, Commander of the police department’s criminal investigative division. In 1991, Mr. Rogers was appointed by the NJ Attorney General to teach Community Policing methodologies at the Israeli National Police Academy, Beit Shemesh, Israel.
In 2008, Mr. Rogers was elected to the Nutley, N.J. school district Board of Education, and in 2012, he was elected to the Nutley, N.J. Board of Commissioners, and re-elected to that position in May, 2016. During his tenure as a Nutley Commissioner he established the first municipal government Military & Veterans Affairs Bureau in New Jersey, which has won national acclaim.
Mr Rogers served in the United States Air Force from 1970-1974. In 1986, Mr. Rogers enlisted in the United States Navy Reserves and served with the Office of Naval Intelligence until he retired as a Lieutenant Commander in 2004. In 2001, he served as the Deputy Director Intelligence Support Group, Homeland Security. In 2002, he served as Deputy Chief of Staff, (N2) Intelligence, assigned as the U.S. Northern Command’s Senior Military Intelligence Officer to the FBI National Joint Terrorism Task Force, Washington, D.C.
Mr. Rogers has a degree in Criminal Justice Administration from William Paterson University, Wayne, N.J. He also completed courses of study in military strategy at the United States Naval War College, Rhode Island; and courses on Global Terrorism at the United Nations, New York City. Mr. Rogers is an author and FOX News guest commentator. Mr. Rogers is married and has 3 grown children. In 2015-2016, he served as an Advisor to the campaign of President Donald Trump.