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N.J. Governor Breaks Her Leg Skiing

February 1, 1999

DAVOS, Switzerland (AP) _ New Jersey Gov. Christie Whitman began physical therapy today, a day after she broke her right leg in a skiing accident.

``She starts putting her weight on it tomorrow,″ said John R. Whitman, who was attending the World Economic Forum in Davos with his 52-year-old wife when she fell during a conference-organized snow break on Sunday.

She will not have to wear a cast, but only use crutches while she recovers.

The governor broke both bones in her lower right leg and had a plate inserted during surgery Sunday afternoon, her husband said.

``She didn’t have the greatest night, but she’s doing OK,″ he said.

He said she would have to cancel her trip to visit NATO troops in Stuttgart, Germany, on Tuesday, and would return to New Jersey on Wednesday or Thursday.

The governor’s spokesman, Pete McDonough, said in New Jersey that she took a hard, twisting fall on an intermediate slope.

``She’s very athletic, and it comes with the territory,″ McDonough said.

State Commerce Commissioner Gualberto Medina, who also was with the governor, said Whitman had conducted 20 meetings before the fall and still planned to have a few more before leaving Davos.

This is the fourth time Whitman has undergone surgery in more than three years.

Last November, she had emergency surgery to remove her appendix, and she had surgery in February 1996 to repair a shoulder injury that had been bothering her for more than a year. In November 1995, she had a large ovarian cyst removed.

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