Whitman's daughter announces congressional run

The daughter of former New Jersey Gov. and current Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Christie Whitman announced Tuesday that she's running for Congress.

Kate Whitman, 30, is seeking the 7th Congressional District seat being vacated by fellow Republican Rep. Mike Ferguson. The New Jersey district stretches from the wealthy enclaves of Somerset and Hunterdon counties to middle-class areas, such as Edison and Woodbridge.

During her announcement in Peapack, Whitman talked about changing Washington and running as an "outsider."

"I like to talk about cutting taxes ? making the tax cuts on the books now permanent," Whitman said. "I'd like to see the alternative minimum tax eliminated."

The mother of twins, who has worked for various federal agencies and a member of Congress, has been playing up her conservative positions. She is admittedly less moderate than her mother on social issues.

Whitman will face off against seven other Republicans in the June 3 primary. Her main rival appears to be state Sen. Leonard Lance, who is touting his experience.

The winner will likely face Democrat Linda Stender.

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