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- Date: Wed, 20 Dec 2000 16:47:22 -0500
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Pete Pasterz, Manager
Office of Recycling and Waste Management
Michigan State University
Chair, College and University Recycling Council
Vice President, National Recycling Coalition
>>> Giuranna.Mike@epamail.epa.gov 12/20/00 01:56PM >>>
WHITMAN TO HEAD EPA
BY RON MARSICO AND JOE DONOHUE
Gov. Christie Whitman has accepted President-elect George W.
Bush's offer to head the Environmental Protection Agency and
will cut short her second term in the Trenton Statehouse,
sources in both the Whitman and the Bush camps said last night.
If she is confirmed by the U.S. Senate, the state's 50th
governor and its first female chief executive will leave
Trenton a year before her term ends. Her departure would create
a rare opportunity for Senate President Donald DiFrancesco, who
would assume the position of acting governor just as he is
gearing up his campaign for next year's gubernatorial election.
Bush was expected to officially name Whitman to the post by
week's end, sources said.
"Done deal," said one knowledgeable New Jersey Republican.
Whitman, 54, met with the president-elect's transition team in
Washington on Monday to discuss the EPA appointment, according
"I'm not commenting on anything I did or didn't do yesterday
(Monday)," Whitman said yesterday during interviews at the
Whitman had sought the U.S. ambassadorship to the United
Nations as her first job choice in the incoming Bush
administration, but sources said the president-elect and his
transition team preferred that she take the EPA spot.
One of the nation's leading moderate Republicans and the
party's staunchest abortion-rights proponent, Whitman could
have been vulnerable to attacks by social conservatives if she
had been nominated for the U.N. job, which involves
controversial world population issues.
In conversations with campaign officials, evangelist Rev. Jerry
Falwell had warned Bush that Whitman's support of abortion
rights should disqualify her from judgeships or from Cabinet
posts with heavy responsibility for social policy, including
the Justice, Health or Education departments.
"Governor Whitman will have zero voice on social policy at
EPA," Falwell said. "I don't mean that in a negative way. She's
a great administrator. She's done great things for New Jersey."
A Republican strategist added that naming Whitman to the EPA is
a logical political move by Bush.
"She can be pro-choice and pro-affirmative action, and it's not
going to affect her job one bit," said Lyn Nofziger, an aide to
former President Ronald Reagan who helped Whitman on her 1997
For years, Whitman has come under fire from environmentalists
who contend she often has put the interests of business ahead
of those involving the environment.
While refusing to comment on her future yesterday, Whitman
offered a vigorous defense of her environmental record.
"Some of the local, the state, environmental people won't be
satisfied until you know we're 100 percent pure, and we're
human beings living here, so we're never going to achieve
that," said Whitman, defending her record, which includes a
program to save 1 million acres of open space and stopping the
dumping of tainted dredge spoils off Sandy Hook.
"I appreciate the idea that you have to have strong advocates
out there pushing constantly," Whitman said. "But I think we
also have to recognize there is a balance here."
The appointment would likely bring to an end Whitman's long run
as the dominant force in New Jersey politics. Her political
fortunes have been a source of endless speculation almost from
the day she first set foot in the Statehouse nearly seven years
Whitman's Republican pedigree is well-documented. Her father
served as state Republican chairman and her mother was a
national GOP committeewoman. Whitman's elevation to the EPA
post would return her to Washington, where she worked for the
U.S. Office of Economic Opportunity and the Republican National
Committee after graduating from college in 1968.
The EPA is responsible for overseeing the nation's air, land
and water resources. It is not a Cabinet-level job, but it is
one of the nation's top agency posts.
Whitman would succeed Carol Browner, who was appointed in 1993
by President Clinton and is the longest-serving administrator
in EPA history.
The EPA is divided into 10 regions, with more than 18,000
full-time employees and an annual budget of more than $7.2
"That's not a bad appointment," said David Norcross, one of New
Jersey's two representatives to the Republican National
"I guess the tree-huggers would probably say she is not their
favorite," said Norcross, noting that Whitman has at times
upset the business community, as well. "Anybody who's doing
that job has got to irritate both sides from time to time."
Some of Whitman's supporters have feared that her appointment
might hit a potential snag because New Jersey Democrats might
want to keep her in the Statehouse and deprive DiFrancesco of
the political boost he would get as acting governor.
U.S. Sen. Robert Torricelli (D-N.J.) said the Whitman
appointment is "inevitable" and, no matter where opposition
comes from, he is determined to ensure Whitman is confirmed.
"I've made clear my willingness to advance her candidacy in the
Senate," said Torricelli. He also said he would work to keep
social conservatives from blocking her.
"I'm prepared that if people from the extreme right of the
Republican Party from other regions of the country are prepared
to defeat Christie Whitman, I will find more than enough
Democrats to compensate," Torricelli said. "I am not going to
serve as the senior senator from New Jersey and have the
governor of my state defeated in the Senate."
Steve Some, a lobbyist and Republican consultant, said he did
not fear GOP U.S. senators would take on Whitman.
"The Senate majority leader (Trent Lott) has already stated
that she has a lot to offer this administration," Some said.
"If it is EPA, she's going to have a lot to contribute to New
Jersey and the Northeast."
Star-Ledger staff writer Josh Margolin and Star-Ledger wire
services contributed to this report.
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12/20/2000 10:04 AM Subject: [eppnet] Christie Todd Whitman
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So she's supposedly going to be named Administrator of USEPA. Anybody know
anything about her? What's the environmental record in New Jersey during
her gubernatorial term?
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