June 4, 2013 |
The biggest regret former New Jersey governors have is that they couldn't fundamentally improve the quality of urban education during their time in office, despite spending more money per student than any other state. Thursday's "Governors' Summit" brought together former Govs. Brendan Byrne, Tom Kean, Jim Florio, Christie Whitman, and Jim McGreevey for a rare joint discussion at Newark's New Jersey Performing Arts Center, whose creation was a shared accomplishment of Kean and Florio.
May 10, 2013 |
KEARNY, N.J. - On Wednesday, the topic was drug treatment and his Democratic costar was former Gov. Jim McGreevey. But the scene was familiar. In an election year, Republican Gov. Christie has been appearing regularly with prominent Democrats in a move that analysts say backs up his campaign boast that he can find common ground with political adversaries. Since last week, he has had joint appearances with Jon Bon Jovi, the rock star who played at Democratic Gov. Jon S. Corzine's campaign kickoff event four years ago; with the powerful Democratic leaders in their stronghold Essex and Camden Counties; and with the leaders of both chambers of the Democratic-led Legislature.
March 29, 2013 |
* FALL TO GRACE. 8 p.m. Thursday, HBO. JIM McGREEVEY and Alexandra Pelosi were bound to cross paths sooner or later. McGreevey is the subject of "Fall to Grace," Pelosi's latest documentary, which premieres Thursday on HBO. The former governor of New Jersey, McGreevey resigned in 2004 after what he said was an affair (a former aide was claiming sexual harassment), famously declaring himself, as his wife looked on, to be "a gay American. " He now works with poor women, many of them in prison, trying to help them turn their lives around.
March 27, 2013 |
For former New Jersey Gov. Jim McGreevey, an Irish prince, the story was supposed to end with him in the Oval Office. Instead, he is in and out of jail in Hudson County. Not as a prisoner, but working as a spiritual counselor to a group of incarcerated women - and, at the same time, on what he calls his own journey of redemption. In 2004, McGreevey fell from grace with a thud, resigning office as he famously declared, "I am a gay American. " The married governor quit because an ex-lover - a man McGreevey hired as a top security aide in the wake of 9/11 - was blackmailing him with a threatened sexual harassment suit.
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.
January 28, 2013 |
TRENTON - State Sen. Richard J. Codey would rather focus on his family-owned funeral business than run in November against Gov. Christie, the Essex County Democrat said Friday. Despite weeks of speculation and a trip to Washington to woo big donors, Codey decided to scrap a campaign after his youngest son, Chris, said he would like to go into the family business and asked Codey to forgo the gubernatorial race. "That was hard to overcome," Codey said Friday. His family has owned a funeral business in Essex County since 1911.
December 10, 2012 |
The rabbi is a dog. The first line of my first Inquirer column - a piece that generated 105 e-mails, dozens of phone messages, and a few letters written in cursive on floral stationery. I know this because I'm a hoarder. Well, not exactly a hoarder, more like a selective saver of interaction that simultaneously strokes and shatters the ego. This obsessive filing system began as soon as readers began responding to that Nov. 2, 2001, debut. The dog, Cherry Hill Rabbi Fred Neulander, was on trial for hiring a hit man to kill the wife he'd cheated on with supplicants across the suburbs.
August 10, 2011 |
KEARNY, N.J. - For anyone curious about what Jim McGreevey is up to seven years after coming out of the closet to become the first openly gay governor and resigning over an affair with a male staffer, his simple answer is this: "Having lunch at Hudson County Correctional Center. " But the story of McGreevey's nationally televised fall from grace on Aug. 12, 2004, and subsequent search for a more authentic life is much more nuanced than that. His journey finds him, on weekdays anyway, inside one of New Jersey's largest jails.
July 5, 2011
Edward Gross, 71, a former executive director of the New Jersey Turnpike Authority who oversaw the implementation of the state's E-ZPass toll-collection system, has died. Family members said Mr. Gross, who lived in Berkeley Township, died June 28 after suffering a massive heart attack. Mr. Gross was named the authority's acting executive director in October 1995 and was permanently appointed to the post by Gov. Christine Todd Whitman in February 1997. But he was forced out of the job in 2002 by Gov. Jim McGreevey amid allegations that the E-ZPass system project had been mishandled.