Category: Opinion

Opinion: Trump as a leader: It will take more than one good speech

Northjersey.com
Christine Todd Whitman
February 2, 2018

President Donald Trump delivered a commendable and uncharacteristically presidential State of the Union address on Tuesday. He came out of the gate as a proud American, but also with sincerity (a quality he has lacked over the course of his first year in office). On the whole, his address was well-crafted, and he proudly shared individual stories of grit and bravery, propounding a gentler and more appetizing “America first” mentality. Trump went on to say, “Americans love their country. And they deserve a government that shows them the same love and loyalty in return.”

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Trump abuses show we must turn traditions into laws: Bharara and Whitman

USA Today
By Preet Bharara and Christine Todd Whitman
January 29, 2018

One year into the Trump presidency, it’s clear that the norms and boundaries traditionally guiding American political behavior have deeply eroded. That matters greatly. A workable democracy can thrive only when there are basic rules, often unwritten, that curb abuse and guide policymakers. Though the two of us are from different political parties, we both believe that now is the time to ensure the president and all our public officials adhere to basic rules of the road. It’s time to turn soft norms into hard law.

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WILL TRUMP’S STATE OF THE UNION IGNORE THIS NATIONAL SECURITY THREAT?

Newsweek
Christine Todd Whitman
January 29, 2018

In every State of the Union, presidents talk about threats to the homeland. President Donald Trump certainly will. When he does, I hope he includes the threat that has been hanging over our heads for more than 15 years: deliberate or accidental releases of toxic chemicals that put nearly 180 million Americans is harm’s way every day.

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Sexual harassment seems to be deeply rooted within our culture, but women can change that

The Hill
By Christine Todd Whitman
December 12, 2017

Sadly, sexual harassment seems to be deeply rooted within our culture. While many industries have taken their turn to investigate and terminate their bad actors, the problem is particularly acute in media and politics. At its root, sexual harassment reflects a mindset of inequality — one that has colored the political world on both sides of the aisle.

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Ax Arctic National Wildlife drilling from budget bill: Christine Todd Whitman

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By Christine Todd Whitman
December 7, 2017

There are plenty of reasons to oppose the House and Senate “tax cut” proposals as currently configured — hundreds of thousands of families in the Northeast would actually see their taxes increase — but a little-known proposal tucked into the Fiscal Year 2018 Federal Budget Resolution should make the measure downright toxic to anyone who cares about honest government, long-established wildlife protections and common sense.

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The Environment

By Clayton Annis
November 13, 2017

Written by my grandson, this piece shows that even a 12 year-old understands the importance of environmental protection. We don’t inherit the land from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children…and they get it.

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Ex-N.J. governors’ advice to the new governor

Asbury Park Press
By former New Jersey governors
November 10, 2017

We invited the living former New Jersey governors to offer some advice to the next governor, Democrat Phil Murphy. Here are their individual suggestions:

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Hunker down for future storms by investing beforehand

New York Daily News
By Steve Bellone & Christine Todd Whitman
October 29, 2017

This record-setting hurricane season has wrought heartbreaking havoc on coastal communities across the country. With 10 hurricanes in 10 weeks this summer alone — including two reaching Category 5 — we are witnessing a growing frequency and intensity of significant storm events. Each storm leaves unimaginable damage in its path, as our fellow Americans in Houston and Puerto Rico have witnessed firsthand.

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How Not to Run the E.P.A. 158

The New York Times
By Christine Todd Whitman
September 8, 2017

I have been worried about how the Environmental Protection Agency would be run ever since President Trump appointed Scott Pruitt, the former attorney general of Oklahoma, to oversee it. The past few months have confirmed my fears. The agency created by a Republican president 47 years ago to protect the environment and public health may end up doing neither under Mr. Pruitt’s direction.

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Trump’s rhetoric has deemed extremist behavior acceptable

Blog Entry #8
By Christine Todd Whitman
August 17, 2017

You’ve got to be taught
To hate and fear,
You’ve got to be taught
From year to year,
It’s got to be drummed
In your dear little ear

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