RIP John Whitman

By The Staff | The Save Jersey Blog

in memory ofThe thoughts and prayers of the Save Jersey family and faithful are with former Governor Christine Todd Whitman and her family tonight upon the passing of her husband, John Whitman, reportedly due to complications from a June 19th brain injury.

Whitman (age 71) served as First Gentleman of New Jersey from January 18, 1994 to January 31, 2001 during his wife’s tenure as Governor before her departure to serve as George W. Bush’s EPA chief.

During that time, he oversaw the New Jersey World Cup Host Committee in 1994 and negotiations between the New Jersey Devils and the New Jersey Sports and Exhibition Authority that kept the Devils from moving in 1995 when the team threatened to relocate to Nashville. He also led a fundraising campaign to restore the dome of the New Jersey State Capitol in 1997.

A distinguished businessman in his own right, Whitman held a Harvard MBA and worked as Chairman and CEO for Prudential-Bache Interfunding among other jobs in the financial and banking services sector for big names including Citigroup. He worked as a venture capitalist in later life.

Whitman leaves behind survived by a daughter (Kate), his son (Taylor) and six grandchildren. 

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