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Former New Jersey Governor Christine Todd Whitman.

Christie Whitman will back Biden in Democratic convention speech

Former two-term N.J. governor was a Republican from birth

By David Wildstein, August 17 2020 11:37 am

Christine Todd Whitman, a former two-term Republican governor of New Jersey, will address the Democratic National Convention tonight in support of Joe Biden for president.

The former governor is among a group of Republican speakers that include former Ohio Gov. John Kasich, former Rep. Susan Molinari (R-New York), and ex-California GOP gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman, who served as national finance co-chair of Gov. Chris Christie’s 2016 presidential campaign.

Over the last four years, Whitman has been a frequent critic of President Donald Trump and has stated previously that she would not support him.

Whitman is a lifelong Republican.  Her father, Webster B. Todd, was the Republican State Chairman in the 1950s and again in the 1970s and served as Dwight Eisenhower’s state campaign chairman in 1952.  Her mother, Eleonore Schley Todd, was New Jersey’s longtime Republican National Committeewoman.

After serving as a Somerset County freeholder, Whitman was the president of the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities and the GOP U.S. Senate candidate in a nearly successful bid to oust Bill Bradley in 1990.  She defeated Gov. Jim Florio in 1993 and was re-elected against James E. McGreevey, then a Middlesex County state senator, in 1997.

She resigned as governor in 2001 to join President George W. Bush’s cabinet as administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Administration.

Her book, “It’s My Party Too,” bemoaned the turn toward the right of the Republican Party.

In 2016, Whitman ran as a delegate for the Republican National Convention pledged to Kasich.

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