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August 15, 2004 | By John Shiffman INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Golan Cipel rebuffed more than a dozen unwanted "sexual assaults and harassment" by Gov. McGreevey, two lawyers who are helping him prepare a sexual-harassment lawsuit said in an interview last night. "Golan Cipel had no affair with the governor," his lawyer Allen Lowy said. "Golan is heterosexual. " Lowy said Cipel has "corroborating evidence of misconduct," and witnesses. He would not elaborate. Of the alleged assaults, which occurred from January to August 2002, Lowy said, "I can't get into the details, but there was no question that the things we are talking are things that are not just bordering on sexual harassment.
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October 24, 2004 | By John Shiffman and Mitch Lipka INQUIRER STAFF WRITERS
Two months into their investigation, FBI agents have found no evidence to support Gov. McGreevey's claim that former aide Golan Cipel tried to extort millions of dollars from him, Cipel's lawyer and law-enforcement officials say. When McGreevey announced Aug. 12 that he would resign, citing a gay extramarital affair, the governor's lawyer requested an investigation into whether Cipel's threatened sexual-harassment lawsuit was really a shakedown....
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August 13, 2004 | By John Shiffman INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Jim McGreevey met Golan Cipel during a goodwill tour to the Holy Land four years ago. Yesterday, that relationship helped trigger the governor's resignation, people close to McGreevey said. When they first met in Israel in March 2000, Cipel was a dark-haired, 31-year-old poet, a press aide for a midsize Israeli city, Rishon Le Zion. McGreevey, 43, was the boyish mayor of New Jersey's sixth-largest city, Woodbridge, and the likely Democratic gubernatorial nominee in the next election.
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August 14, 2004 | By Mitch Lipka, Miriam Hill and John Shiffman INQUIRER STAFF WRITERS
A former aide to New Jersey Gov. McGreevey charged yesterday that the governor made repeated sexual advances toward him and retaliated when he resisted. People close to McGreevey have said the former aide, Golan Cipel, demanded "millions of dollars" to shelve a lawsuit charging sexual harassment, setting the stage for the governor's announcement Thursday that he was gay and would resign effective Nov. 15. No lawsuit was filed yesterday, but Cipel issued a statement through New York attorney Allen Lowy.
NEWS
August 15, 2002 | By Eugene Kiely INQUIRER TRENTON BUREAU
Golan Cipel, an Israeli national who stepped down as Gov. McGreevey's homeland security adviser in March after his credentials came under attack, has resigned from the administration. Cipel, 33, gave the governor two weeks' notice on Tuesday, said McGreevey spokesman Paul Aronsohn, who confirmed the resignation yesterday. In a statement released by the governor's office last night, Cipel said: "I have received employment offers from private companies, which I have decided to pursue.
NEWS
August 30, 2002 | By Eugene Kiely INQUIRER TRENTON BUREAU
Gov. McGreevey's controversial former homeland security adviser has landed a job, with the governor's help, at one of the state's largest lobbying and public-relations firms, a company official confirmed yesterday. On Tuesday, Golan Cipel will start at the MWW Group as vice president in charge of its Israeli public-relations unit in New York. Cipel, an Israeli national, replaces Ronn Torossian, who left the firm two weeks ago. "We had a need in our Israeli practice," said Robert Sommer, executive vice president of MWW. "The fit was an absolute natural.
NEWS
January 16, 2007
Ignorance on parade, remembrance on holiday Re: The move in the New Jersey Legislature to stop requiring schools to teach about Memorial Day. This is ridiculous. A state senator who shows no regard for the country's military in a time of war by sponsoring the bill should be removed from office. If the governor signs this, he should be removed also. It is quite possible this is the provocation that will get the large voting bloc of veterans to take back this country. Tell one of the soldiers or sailors who just came back from Iraq that remembering our deceased troops is no longer important.
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September 16, 2004 | By Robert Moran INQUIRER TRENTON BUREAU
New Jersey's top federal prosecutor said yesterday that he expects FBI agents will soon interview Golan Cipel, the man whose threat of a sexual-harassment lawsuit forced Gov. McGreevey to announce his resignation. "We have every expectation that we will be talking to Golan Cipel very soon," U.S. Attorney Christopher J. Christie said in an interview. The FBI interview of the Israeli citizen would be part of an investigation of an allegation by an attorney for McGreevey that Cipel tried to extort the governor in exchange for not filing a lawsuit.
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September 20, 2006 | Daily News Wire Services
Former New Jersey Gov. James E. McGreevey said he has no desire to return to politics since he left office two years ago amid a sex scandal but hopes his new tell-all book leads to public acceptance of his homosexuality. McGreevey, 49, who announced his resignation in a televised speech on Aug. 12, 2004, said yesterday that he felt he had to come clean about his personal and political life. "The danger is when people have to act out in dark shadows," he said. "If people can be who they are in the bright light of day, can celebrate their uniqueness . . . that's what promotes a moral fabric in a society.
NEWS
August 31, 2004 | By Tom Turcol INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Declaring that "justice" had been served by Gov. McGreevey's resignation, the man whose allegations of sexual harassment forced the downfall of New Jersey's first-term governor has decided not to sue him. Attorneys for Golan Cipel, the former gubernatorial aide who accused McGreevey, said the governor's decision to surrender his office was an admission of guilt. Therefore, they said, their client had decided to close the book on a scandal that shook New Jersey politics and became international news.
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March 27, 2013 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
He could have been president of the United States. He had big dreams, big ideas - and a likability factor that was almost preternatural. Instead, Jim McGreevey became the butt of jokes on late-night TV when he stepped down as New Jersey's governor in 2004, admitting he is a homosexual and accused by a male adviser, Golan Cipel, of sexual harassment. Fascinated by his public meltdown, journalist and filmmaker Alexandra Pelosi went in search of McGreevey in 2009 and found a newly revitalized man who has reinvented himself - he'd say he finally has found himself - as an openly gay prison counselor and would-be priest.
NEWS
May 2, 2007 | By Cynthia Burton INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
So did Dina Matos McGreevey know that her estranged husband, former New Jersey Gov. Jim McGreevey, was gay? Does she know it now? Even Oprah Winfrey couldn't get the former first lady to say during yesterday's TV appearance in which Matos McGreevey plugged her just-released book, Silent Partner: A Memoir of My Marriage. "I'm not in denial, but I don't think he's simply gay. I think he's bisexual," said Matos McGreevey. "I mean, he was married twice. He has two children. And, you know, I never saw him checking out men, but I certainly saw him checking out women.
NEWS
April 20, 2007 | By Cynthia Burton INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Since leaving office, former Gov. James E. McGreevey has written a book, worked for a little while in a friend's law firm, and appeared on Oprah. Now, he can be found on the campus of Kean University, in Union, where he is teaching business students "Ethical and Legal Issues of Operating Globally" and "Management and Leadership. " McGreevey, who caught the world's attention when he resigned from office in 2004, saying, "My truth is I am a gay American," declined to comment yesterday.
NEWS
January 19, 2007 | By Rita Giordano INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Get ready to go for that phone, Oprah. Dina Matos McGreevey, the estranged wife of "gay American" ex-New Jersey Gov. Jim McGreevey, is coming out with a book of her own. Silent Partner, a memoir of Matos McGreevey's life with her husband, is to be published this spring by Hyperion Books, a unit of Disney-owned ABC Inc. Last fall, McGreevey's memoir The Confession was published. In it, he discussed his homosexuality, including what he said was an affair with a former aide and a tryst while his wife was recuperating from a C-section.
NEWS
January 16, 2007
Ignorance on parade, remembrance on holiday Re: The move in the New Jersey Legislature to stop requiring schools to teach about Memorial Day. This is ridiculous. A state senator who shows no regard for the country's military in a time of war by sponsoring the bill should be removed from office. If the governor signs this, he should be removed also. It is quite possible this is the provocation that will get the large voting bloc of veterans to take back this country. Tell one of the soldiers or sailors who just came back from Iraq that remembering our deceased troops is no longer important.
NEWS
September 21, 2006
The publicity blitz over the sexual awakening of former Democratic Gov. Jim McGreevey glosses over the one thing that mattered most to New Jerseyans: He was a lousy governor. McGreevey, who resigned in August 2004 with his revelation that he is a "gay American," obviously has found emotional and spiritual peace. Good for Citizen McGreevey. But his campaign to market his book, The Confession, cannot wash away the bad taste that lingers from McGreevey's failed tenure as governor.
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September 20, 2006 | Daily News Wire Services
Former New Jersey Gov. James E. McGreevey said he has no desire to return to politics since he left office two years ago amid a sex scandal but hopes his new tell-all book leads to public acceptance of his homosexuality. McGreevey, 49, who announced his resignation in a televised speech on Aug. 12, 2004, said yesterday that he felt he had to come clean about his personal and political life. "The danger is when people have to act out in dark shadows," he said. "If people can be who they are in the bright light of day, can celebrate their uniqueness . . . that's what promotes a moral fabric in a society.
NEWS
September 17, 2006 | By Jennifer Moroz and Troy Graham INQUIRER STAFF WRITERS
When news broke this month that the federal government was investigating a lease deal involving U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez, the New Jersey political world was instantly abuzz. But the buzz took a while to reach former Gov. Jim McGreevey, who was filled in by friend Joe Orlando later that day. "He said: 'Really? Wow,' " recalled Orlando, a spokesman for the New Jersey Turnpike Authority. "I said, 'You've got to be kidding me. Every other human being in the state knows about it. What have you being doing all day?
NEWS
September 17, 2006 | By John Shiffman INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
In his new book, Jim McGreevey vividly recalls his first, magical kiss with Golan Cipel. Cipel does not remember the 2001 encounter so fondly. The former aide calls it a failed sexual assault that followed shots of Jagermeister. After he pushed New Jersey's governor away, Cipel said, he asked McGreevey why he assumed he was gay. "And McGreevey said, 'Everybody is a little gay,' " Cipel recalled yesterday in his first extended interview. "I was completely in shock. " Cipel, 37, told The Inquirer that he wanted to speak out to rebut what he called lies in McGreevey's new book, The Confession.
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