March 27, 2013 |
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.
May 2, 2007 |
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.
April 20, 2007 |
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.
January 19, 2007 |
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.
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.
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.
September 20, 2006 |
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.
September 17, 2006 |
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?
September 17, 2006 |
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.