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Thursday, June 04, 2009

Christine Todd Whitman, former NJ governor, former EPA head and co-chair of the Clean and Safe Energy Coalition (a nuclear power advocacy organization) talks about nuclear energy – and the recent NJ primary.

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michael galante from new jersey


After 911 when we as a nation needed this woman the most, she let us down and put her political agenda ahead of human lives. Don’t ever for get that I know I won’t !! God help us all in New Jersey, somehow she became a co-chair of the Clean and Safe Energy Coalition ?? (a nuclear power advocacy organization). She wants to put more nuclear power plants in new jersey weather we want them or not, and she has no idea what to do with all the spent radioactive cells Hasn't she done enough harm? She also said we can never stop using coal for power. What a small minded fool ! What about solar and wind power. Guess that won't make her political friends rich!

Jun. 14 2009 07:35 PM
smidely

By literally just saying she is a moderate republican she gets on npr. She looks ordinary yet her issues -- first shilling for Bush and big business as EPA head, & now this -- couldn't be more hazardous to our health!!

Truly a strange and underreported character, one for the books.

Jun. 04 2009 12:44 PM
jollyd from NYC

CHILD LEUKEMIA DEATH RATES INCREASE NEAR U.S. NUCLEAR PLANTS RISES GREATEST NEAR OLDEST PLANTS, DECLINES NEAR CLOSED PLANTS

http://www.radiation.org/press/pressrelease081111ejcc_leukemia.html

Jun. 04 2009 12:14 PM
SuzanneNYC from Upper West Side

After her miserable performance as head of the EPA -- putting her loyalty to Bush/Chaney ahead of the people living and working at Ground Zero -- Christine Whitman has absolutely no credibility.

Jun. 04 2009 11:53 AM
SuzanneNYC from Upper West Side

I will never forgive Christine Whitman for not warning New Yorkers of the pollution dangers after 9/11. She was head of the EPA and she showed that her loyalty was to Bush/Chaney rather than the people she was appointed to serve. I don't trust her to tell the truth about nuclear power. She has no credibility as an energy spokesperson.

Jun. 04 2009 11:53 AM
Trace

When Christine Todd Whitman was the head of the Bush admin. EPA, she announced the air at the Trade Center site was safe to breathe, immediately after the attack of 9.11.2001. Now we are supposed to listen to her tout the safely of nuclear power??!!

She has no credability or judgement and I hope Brian Lehr will bring in someone to analyze what she has proposed.

Jun. 04 2009 11:52 AM
hjs from 11211

producer,
we should have had a creditable reply to ms whitman, u know someone not paid to lie for the nuclear industry.

Jun. 04 2009 11:49 AM
John Celardo from Fanwood, NJ

It's a bit off-topic, but I had the privilege of serving on Governor Whitman’s Ellis Island Committee. Is the Governor satisfied with the progress in preserving the buildings on New Jersey portion of the island?

Jun. 04 2009 11:48 AM
CL

Come on. Whitman? Who in his or her right mind believes anything she has to say? Untrustworthy, disingenuous, bankrupt of ideas, in denial, laughable.

Jun. 04 2009 11:41 AM
Steve (the other one) from Manhattan

Her Republican party is dead. Sociopaths like Rush, Newt, and Rove are the official voice of the GOP. Gov. Rick Perry made Limbaugh an honorary Texan the other day. Stick a fork in 'em, they're done.

Jun. 04 2009 11:41 AM
hjs from 11211

ms whitman

when u defeated florio the GOP was still viable in the northeast. that was lost ago.

Jun. 04 2009 11:41 AM
Arlene from New Brunswick, NJ

Chris Christie has answeres? BAHAHAH! He has yet to unveli his tax cut plan. His response is his job is to criticize Corzine not to provide solutions. So, how is he going to help NJ taxpayers? How is he going to balance the budget?

Whitman helped put us in this financial hole. She sold off all our assets and botched the entire EZ pass contract. Give me a break. Whitman has no answers and Christie is a hack!

Jun. 04 2009 11:40 AM
Christine from NJ

Low property tax increases and tax cuts bankrupt the State and led us to where we are now.

Jun. 04 2009 11:39 AM
Nick Lento from NJ

Whitman has no credibility.

The nuclear industry isn't getting their money's worth with her as she has squandered whatever credibility she had as governor with her borrow and spend policies that have contributed to the virtual bankruptcy of NJ (while the tax free bondholders make out like bandits).

As EPA administrator she was on her knees and caved in on any principles she may have had to the Bush regime's anti-environmental pro short term profit pro business "agendas".

She also betrayed the human beings who had to breathe the air in this region after 9-11 by prematurely declaring it was "safe". There should have been massive evacuations until the dust settled and some clean up had started.

As it is many thousands of workers and residents will likely pay the price over the next thirty and forty and fifty years for Whitman's morally corrupt actions. There are youngsters who may become ill fifty years from now because their parents believed it was "safe" to breathe that air!!!

And now she's telling us (as a well paid employee of the nuclear industry) that we need to build more nukes.

And we're supposed to believe her? Yeah, right.

Jun. 04 2009 11:29 AM
me from nj

hjs - you are absolutely correct. But the ridiculous number of gov't entities and the myth that every berg operates better with "home rule" is only part of the problem. Double-dipping pols, legislating to ensure political survival, the list goes on and on. Not unique to NJ, but we have unfortunately refined these practices.

Jun. 04 2009 11:28 AM
hjs from 11211

5 me from nj,
taxes are high because there are just too many governments in NJ ie school districts without school

Jun. 04 2009 10:52 AM
hjs from 11211

please ask if she agrees the GOP is dead??

Jun. 04 2009 10:42 AM
me from nj

#3 - The borrowing sleight-of-hand you describe and other slick moves by NJ politicians, both Republican and Democrat, were indeed wrong and will likely result in much pain in coming years. The 9% pension increase that was legislated (not negotiated) during the boom times was another political move that added to the problem. But the ROOT of NJ's massive budget problem is the state's absolute unwillingness to spend within its means.

Jun. 04 2009 10:41 AM
hjs from 11211

clean?? where do we put the waste!!

Jun. 04 2009 10:41 AM
Brian

Many teachers I know are still bitter at Gov. Whitman for financing her tax cuts by essentially compromising the state pension fund of educators and state employees, blithely and over-optimistically relying on stock market growth to take care of future obligations. Many see this sort of financial sleight-of-hand as the root of the state's current budget problems.

Jun. 04 2009 08:11 AM
cj

Why doesn't the name of her nuclear power lobby group contain the word "nuclear?"

Jun. 04 2009 02:37 AM
cj

Interesting, she looks a little like the PR woman for the cigarette and nuclear industries from the 70's and 80's -- minus the massive smoking-related wrinkles.

Leher, how about bringing on psychoanalysts to to analyze the motivation of these type of people.

Jun. 04 2009 02:34 AM

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