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 Bill Clinton portrait features Monica Lewinsky reference, artist admits
- 2 Delhi bus rapist blames dead victim for attack because 'girls are responsible for rape'
- 3 PornHub turns masturbation into energy in bid to save the planet
- 4 Have sex with your iPad thanks to the new sex toy no-one asked for
- 5 Average penis size revealed: Scientists attempt to find what is 'normal' to reassure concerned men
Bill Clinton portrait features Monica Lewinsky reference, artist admits
Delhi bus rapist blames dead victim for attack because 'girls are responsible for rape'
The 'sex selfie stick' lets you FaceTime the inside of a vagina
Kanye West gives guest lecture at Oxford University: 'If I, Kanye West, can remove my ego, I think there's hope for everyone'
'This is what Islam tells us to do': A rare glimpse inside a Saudi Arabian prison – where Isis terrorists are showered with perks and privileges
New theory could prove how life began and disprove God
'Jihadi John': CAGE representative storms off Sky News accusing Kay Burley of Islamophobia
This is what it's like to be dead, according to a guy who died for a bit
Ukip would cut billions from Scottish budget to fund English tax cuts
Nearly 100,000 of Britain's poorest children go hungry after parents' benefits are cut
End of the licence fee: BBC to back radical overhaul of how it is funded
£28000 - £35000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: A consultant is required to pro...
£12675 - £16000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: An Office Assistant is required...
£35000 - £40000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This is an excellent opportunit...
£15000 - £18000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: A Trainee Case Handler/Probate ...