FLORHAM PARK, NJ - Former New Jersey Governor Christine Todd Whitman was the honored guest at the Great Swamp Watershed Association 2017 Gala Celebration held Thursday night at the Brooklake Country Club.

Chatham residents turned out for the fundraiser that supports the yearly budget of the association, which is "dedicated to protecting and improving the water resources of the Passaic River region, from the Great Swamp headwaters to the Newark Bay," according to its mission statement.

Sally Rubin, executive director of the Great Swamp Watershed Association, estimated that the gala celebration raises about $200,000.

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Whitman, New Jersey's first woman governor who served from 1994 through 2001, also served as the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency under President George W. Bush from 2001 through 2003. Whitman was credited with the work she did at the EPA in promoting watershed protection.

Currently, Whitman is president of the Whitman Strategy Group, a consulting firm that specializes in energy and environmental issues.

Former Gov. Christine Todd Whitman makes remarks about water preservation at 2017 Great Swamp Watershed Association Gala