Lloyd Naideck has left his position as deputy executive director of the North Jersey District Water Commission to join Forge Forward, a public sector consulting company.
A former chief of staff to Assemblyman John McKeon (D-West Orange), Naideck was the choice of the Murphy administration to replace former GOP gubernatorial candidate Todd Caliguire in the post last year. He has served on the senior leadership team at the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection prior to taking the water commission job.
Naideck started this week as a principal for strategy and operations at Forge, a Virginia-based firm.
Caliguire flipped from the executive director position to deputy after Murphy named Assemblyman Tim Eustace (D-Maywood) to the $174,000-a-year position.
He had survived for 30 months after Murphy took office. His exit appeared to have been timed with his qualification for a full state pension, and his survival in a high-paying most for more than two years evinces a belief among many political insiders that some sort of agreement was forged to let him stay.
Caliguire had more than a decade in the state pension system — he worked as an assistant counsel to Gov. Tom Kean from 1982 to 1987 and spent six years a Bergen County freeholder — but records show that he cashed out at some point. He rejoined the state employee retirement system on July 1, 2012 after Christie appointed him to the State Commission of Investigation.
One a rising star in North Jersey politics, the 65-year-old Caliguire became a perennial candidate in the tail end of his career.
He lost two race for state senate, one for county executive, and one for governor – Caliguire finished seventh in a field of seven, with 2.4% of the vote.