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Dropping a political bombshell, New Jersey Gov. Jim McGreevey announced his resignation Thursday as he revealed he is a gay man who carried on an adulterous affair with a man.
With his wife standing by his side, McGreevey spoke in calm tones as he described his struggle with his sexuality, something that he said began as a child.
"My truth is that I am a gay American," McGreevey said.
He also spoke of an affair with a man and asked for his family's forgiveness.
"I have decided the right course of action is to resign," McGreevey said.
He said his resignation would be effective November 15.
The man involved in the affair with McGreevey, a former government employee, demanded “an exorbitant sum of money to make it go away,” a high-ranking administration official told The Associated Press, speaking on condition of anonymity. Cabinet members and administration officials learned of that threat Wednesday night, the official said.
McGreevey spokesman Micah Rasmussen said he did not know the name of the man involved in that affair. The governor chose the Nov. 15 date in order to provide an orderly transition, Rasmussen said.
Gov. James E. McGreevey made repeated sexual advances toward his former homeland security adviser and has now made him the victim of a “smear campaign,” a lawyer for the man said Friday.
“While employed by one of the most powerful politicians in the country, New Jersey Governor McGreevey, I was the victim of repeated sexual advances by him,” Golan Cipel said in a statement read by attorney Allen M. Lowy during a news conference in New York.
Cipel did not attend the news conference.
Originally posted by phreak_of_nature
My impression is that he bought his boyfriend.
Give him a nice high paying job, and then flip him, "I got you this job, now you owe me..."
Originally posted by spacedoubt
Maybe he's NOT going to keep his job 'til November..
Party nudges McGreevey toward door
Wonder what the odds are in Atlantic City?