I will always be most proud to have served in the administration of former New Jersey Governor Christie Whitman. She was an outstanding Governor, with a superb record and legacy of tax reduction, fiscal conservatism, and open space protection.
In terms of economic development, Christie Whitman was one of the most successful governors in the nation during the past fifty years. She also was a person of unquestionable ethics and integrity. Future New Jersey historians will certainly treat her far better than her contemporaries do.
And, to top it off, Christie Whitman had style — true grace, class, gravitas, and dignity.
I had a chance to see the remarkable effectiveness of the Whitman style during the first term of her administration. As Assistant Commissioner to Gil Medina, then the Commissioner of the former Department of Commerce and Economic Development, I would often ask Governor Whitman to call chief executive officers of companies I was trying to bring to New Jersey.