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Former Gov. Christine Todd Whitman

Whitman dropped from Middlesex event over Trump comments

By Nikita Biryukov, September 27 2018 6:04 pm

Former Gov. Christine Todd Whitman’s invitation to a Middlesex County event that was to feature her and other former Republican Govs. Thomas Kean and Chris Christie was rescinded because of statements she made opposing Trump and calling for a Democratic takeover of Congress.

“Several of the remarks that she made about Trump as well as about wanting Democrats to take over Congress indicated some Republicans would not be enthused to see her,” said Sam Thompson said. “But, what the whole event was about was not so much honoring the three governors as the three governors honoring Middlesex County.”

Whitman has been a staunch opponent of Trump, and some Middlesex Republicans had urged County Republican Chairwoman Lucille Panos to rescind the invitation following Whitman’s comments in an interview with the Star Ledger.

“I’m hoping we lose the House, that would be a good thing.  Congress could stand up to him and could be dialing back a lot of this. They have ceded too much to this president,” Whitman told the newspaper earlier this month.

All three of those Republican governors won in close contests in their first term, and they had, at varying points, credited Middlesex County for that win.

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