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August 16, 2004
HONESTY, we are told, is the best policy. It's a deceptively simple concept that appeals to our better selves, but challenges the baser parts of our nature. But sometimes, for a host of reasons, we lie. We do it out of fear, or hypocrisy, or to protect loved ones. We keep secrets, and train ourselves to believe that falsehoods are innocuous. We live our lives in defiance of the truth, regardless of the consequences. Most of us will never have to answer for our lies, at least not in the forum of public opinion.
NEWS
August 17, 2004
AS I watched the resignation of New Jersey Gov. Jim McGreevey, I felt a sense of relief that I didn't have to wait 17 more months for the end of his term. He has been a disgrace from Day One with the multiple scandals in his administration and his ridiculous tax increases, not to mention the gay-marriage issue. If he truly cared about the citizens of New Jersey, he would have resigned at an appropriate time to allow us to choose our governor in a special election. I am one New Jersey resident who is appalled by the sexual harassment suit and all of the other scandals by this "brave" man. Jean Maltese Washington Township, N.J. Re "I'm a gay American": Um, Gov. McGreevey - who cares?
ENTERTAINMENT
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
July 20, 2000 | By Eugene Kiely, INQUIRER TRENTON BUREAU
After days of political intrigue, U.S. Sen. Robert G. Torricelli yesterday declared his unabashed interest in running for governor, predicting with characteristic bravado that he would win by a landslide. "I believe it is a race that I would not only win but, more importantly, can win by such a margin to return Democratic control to the Assembly and the state Senate," Torricelli said in his first public comments since speculation about his candidacy arose. Torricelli, New Jersey's leading Democrat since he replaced Bill Bradley in the Senate four years ago, said he would enter the race if party leaders reached a "near consensus" that he was a better candidate than Jim McGreevey, the mayor of Woodbridge in Middlesex County.
NEWS
August 17, 2004
IDREAMED about Jim McGreevey last night. It wasn't like the wake-up-with-a-start dream I had about dating Tobey Maguire - it was more that New Jersey's governor wove in and out of my head all night long. I hope it means McGreevey will not fade away forever, but will someday weave his way back into public life. It's a shame that just about the time I get used to having an openly gay governor, he will be gone from office. McGreevey was right when he said during his resignation speech last week that being gay should not affect the way he governs.
NEWS
September 15, 2006 | By Troy Graham INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
In his forthcoming memoir, former Gov. Jim McGreevey writes that his first sexual encounter with the man who would bring down his administration made him feel like he was "emerging from 44 years in a cave to taste pure air for the first time. " Excerpts of the book, The Confession, were published yesterday by the Associated Press. The book will hit bookstores Tuesday. The book describes McGreevey's rise in politics, his struggles with homosexuality, and his downfall at the hands of his lover, Golan Cipel, who McGreevey claims threatened to file a sexual-harassment lawsuit against him in an extortion plot.
NEWS
April 29, 2005 | By Kaitlin Gurney INQUIRER TRENTON BUREAU
What's an ex-governor to do? So lamented State Sen. Raymond Lesniak yesterday as his close friend, Jim McGreevey, completed his last day at the law firm where he has worked since resigning in November after a gay-sex scandal. McGreevey decided Wednesday to quit Parsippany-based Weiner Lesniak amid allegations that his work on behalf of the developers of the $1.3 billion Xanadu project at the Meadowlands sports complex represented a conflict of interest. As governor, he championed the massive North Jersey redevelopment project.
NEWS
September 16, 2006 | By Edward Colimore and Jennifer Moroz INQUIRER STAFF WRITERS
He's sick, courageous, disgraceful, pathetic and honest. Depending on who's talking, former New Jersey Gov. Jim McGreevey is all of that. His tell-all book, The Confession, and his recorded interview with Oprah Winfrey won't be out until Tuesday. But published book excerpts and interview leaks - with details of McGreevey's gay extramarital affair and double life as married father and closeted homosexual - are the buzz of the region. Yesterday, after reading salacious accounts in newspapers and hearing TV and radio reports, some residents and political leaders criticized the former governor for airing intimate matters embarrassing to his former wife and his family.
NEWS
December 10, 2012 | By Monica Yant Kinney, Inquirer Columnist
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.
NEWS
August 13, 2009
A new poll finds former New Jersey Gov. Jim McGreevey is less popular now than when he resigned in 2004 after acknowledging an extramarital affair with another man. The Fairleigh Dickinson-PublicMind Poll released yesterday, the fifth anniversary of McGreevey's public coming-out as "a gay American," finds 62 percent of Garden State voters have an unfavorable opinion of him now, compared with 53 percent who held an unfavorable view when he resigned....
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June 4, 2013 | By Mark J. Magyar, NJ SPOTLIGHT
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.
NEWS
May 10, 2013 | By David Porter and Geoff Mulvihill, Associated Press
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.
NEWS
March 29, 2013 | By Ellen Gray
* 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.
NEWS
March 27, 2013 | By Thomas Fitzgerald, Inquirer Politics Writer
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
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
January 28, 2013 | By Joelle Farrell, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
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.
NEWS
December 10, 2012 | By Monica Yant Kinney, Inquirer Columnist
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.
NEWS
August 10, 2011 | By Angela Delli Santi, Associated Press
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.
NEWS
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.
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