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Former Gov. Whitman: Vote For Women, Minorities and Chris Christie

New Jersey's only female governor spoke at the Bergen County Women's Republican Club's 90th anniversary celebration.

Former Gov. Christie Todd Whitman urged attendees at the Bergen County Women's Republican Club's 90th anniversary celebration Wednesday to vote for minorities, women and Gov. Chris Christie. 

"We need people with different life experiences, with different ways of thinking, to be at that [decision-making] table," Whitman said during her keynote address at Seasons in Washington Township.

Whitman, New Jersey's first and only female governor, said she supported more women and citizens from minority groups running for office and also voiced support for Governor Christie in his run for re-election against Democrat Sen. Barbara Buono. 

Whitman pointed to Christie’s willingness to work across party lines.

"We really can set the pace for the nation," Whitman said, adding she "couldn't be more frustrated" with the partisan politics "at both sides of the table" in Washington.

"I don't elect politicians to represent my party," Whitman said. "I elect them to represent me."

She also praised Christie's work for Hurricane Sandy recovery.

"We have a governor who has shown the people of New Jersey that he wants to get things done," Whitman said.

Wednesday's event was the second time Whitman has addressed the Bergen County Women's Republican Club. She previously spoke at the group's annual luncheon in 1997 during her term as governor.

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Deleted because of harassment May 17, 2013 at 06:02 PM
Whitman is a liar who followed orders by Rudy's corrupt administration because they were too concerned about real estate values and not at all concerned about human life after 9/11. Didn't want to put the truth out that it was dangerous to be there or nearby because it would hurt Silverman's empire. She admitted as much in her book. This is a woman who's idea of economizing was to turn off the lights on highways to save money.
Barbara May 17, 2013 at 06:07 PM
Stop with this nonsense of voting for women and minorities. Vote for the most qualified and experienced person running whoever it may be..
Deleted because of harassment May 17, 2013 at 06:19 PM
It's not nonsense if there is an open push against voting for women and minorities. Yes, we need to vote for the most qualified person first - but somehow we ended up with a guy whose political experience as a single term freeholder and a politically appointed US Attorney over the minority and the woman last time. Hopefully not this time.
Bob Bembridge May 21, 2013 at 05:16 PM
Christie Whitman was the worst governor in New Jersey history. She bankrupted the state by making suburban, middle class voters pay for expensive new schools in Democratic strongholds in Newark, Paterson, and Jersey City. Whitman's fiscal recklessness fueled the exodus of middle class voters out of New Jersey, ensuring permanent control of the state by the corrupt Democratic machine.
Deleted because of harassment May 25, 2013 at 08:59 PM
Ugh - Bob? Whitman was a Republican. Remains a Republican. I will agree that she was one of the worst governors in NJ history and probably the worst political appointment, short of Brown as head of FEMA, made by Bush at head the EPA, a position she was so unqualified for even she admitted to it. As for corrupt machines, both parties have them in NJ and elsewhere. That's because the partisans draw a blind eye to their own crooks and incompetent instead of making a concerted effort to endorse the smarter or wiser.

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