Governor came out to stop blackmail over gay affair
Saturday 14 August 2004
The Democratic governor of New Jersey who stunned the state with his resignation and admission that he was gay was forced to do so because a former adviser threatened to blackmail him, it was claimed yesterday.
James McGreevey claimed that an illicit affair made it impossible for him to remain in office. Two sources close to Mr McGreevey, both speaking on condition of anonymity, said the man involved in the affair was his former adviser, Golan Cipel, an Israeli poet who met the governor during a trip to Israel.
Another senior McGreevey adviser said Mr Cipel, who subsequently worked for the governor, had threatened to file a lawsuit against the governor charging him with sexual harassment unless he was was paid "millions of dollars."
With storm clouds gathering, Mr McGreevey, 47, a father of two children, appeared at a hastily arranged news conference in Trenton, New Jersey, with his wife, Dina. There he announced his resignation from the state's highest office.
"At a point in every person's life, one has to look deeply into the mirror of one's soul and decide one's unique truth in the world, not as we may want to see it or hope to see it, but as it is," Mr McGreevey said.
"And so, my truth is that I am a gay American."
He confessed to having an extra-marital affair, saying: "I engaged in an adult consensual affair with another man, which violates my bonds of matrimony."
He said his behaviour had left him "vulnerable to rumours, false allegations and threats of disclosure". He went on: "It was wrong. It was foolish. It was inexcusable.
"Given the circumstances surrounding the affair and its likely impact upon my family and my ability to govern, I have decided the right course of action is to resign."
His wife, Dina, and his parents were by his side as he gave the speech. His wife has vowed to stand by him.
Mr McGreevey said: "From my early days in school, until the present day, I acknowledged some feelings, a certain sense that separated me from others."
Mr McGreevey's resignation will take effect on 15 November. He has served two and a half years as the state's governor.
- 1 I've been called an abusive and dangerous parent, when all I did was listen to my transgender child
- 2 Why this father didn’t hide his daughter’s heroin overdose in her obituary
- 3 Company breaks open Apple Watch to discover what it says is 'planned obsolescence'
- 4 Teaching profession headed for crisis as numbers continue to drop and working lives become 'unbearable'
- 5 The most powerful passports in the world
Nepal earthquake in pictures: Photos show devastation caused by 7.8 magnitude earthquake
Smartphones are making children borderline autistic, says psychiatrist
Nepal earthquake: The race is on to help thousands trapped under rubble around Kathmandu, while remote villages face a long wait for help
Royal baby: Live updates as superbug closes ward at St Mary's Hospital where Duchess of Cambridge is due to give birth
Teaching profession headed for crisis as numbers continue to drop and working lives become 'unbearable'
General Election 2015: Chuka Umunna on the benefits of immigration, humility – and his leader Ed Miliband
The sickening truth about food banks that the Tories don't want you to know
Migrant boat disaster: Ukip candidate mocks victims in sickening Twitter post
Nigel Farage wants the BBC to stop making programmes like Doctor Who, Strictly Come Dancing, and Top Gear
Global warming: Scientists say temperatures could rise by 6C by 2100 and call for action ahead of UN meeting in Paris
Rupert Murdoch berated Sun journalists for not doing enough to attack Ed Miliband and stop him winning the general election
£26000 - £28000 per annum + benefits : Ashdown Group: Senior Accounts Assistan...
£24000 - £26000 per annum + benefits : Ashdown Group: A highly successful, glo...
£22000 - £40000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This company is part of a Group...
£16000 - £18000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Are you a a young, dynamic pers...