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NJ Governor Has Appendix Removed

November 14, 1998

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) _ Gov. Christie Whitman had her appendix removed Friday after she was admitted to the hospital with stomach pains.

The surgery at Morristown Memorial Hospital took about 90 minutes, her spokesman Peter McDonough said. Whitman, a Republican, went in for surgery following several days of ``abdominal distress,″ McDonough said.

He said the governor is expected to be discharged from the hospital on Saturday and will recover at home.

``She will be back to work on Monday,″ McDonough said.

McDonough said Senate President Donald DiFrancesco was to serve as acting governor while Whitman was under anesthesia.

Whitman, 52, had returned to New Jersey on Thursday night after attending a convention in Orlando, Fla., on Tuesday and vacationing in the Florida Keys.

Whitman had undergone surgery two other times since taking office in January 1994. In November 1995, Whitman had an ovarian cyst the size of a baseball removed, and she had surgery in February 1996 to repair a shoulder injury that had been bothering her for more than a year.

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