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Encyclopedia > Jim McGreevey
Jim McGreevey
Jim McGreevey

In office
January 15, 2002 – November 15, 2004 (resigned)
Preceded by Richard Codey (acting)
Succeeded by Richard Codey

Born August 6 1957 ( 1957-08-06) (age 50)
Jersey City, New Jersey
Political party Democratic
Spouse 1. Kari Schutz, divorced;
2. Dina Matos, separated
Profession Politician
Religion Episcopalian

James Edward "Jim" McGreevey (born August 6, 1957) is an American Democratic politician. He served as the 52nd Governor of New Jersey from January 15, 2002, until November 15, 2004, when he left office three months after admitting that he had had an extramarital affair with a male employee. Upon publicly revealing his homosexuality on August 12, 2004, McGreevey became the first and, to date, the only openly gay state governor in United States history. Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 573 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (2110 × 2209 pixel, file size: 387 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) File historyClick on a date/time to view the file as it appeared at that time. ... Jon Corzine 54th Governor of New Jersey; Incumbent Christine Christie Todd Whitman, the first female governor of New Jersey The Governor of New Jersey is the chief executive of the U.S. state of New Jersey. ... is the 15th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Also see: 2002 (number). ... is the 319th day of the year (320th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Richard James Dick Codey (born November 27, 1946) is an American Democratic Party politician in the U.S. State of New Jersey. ... Richard James Dick Codey (born November 27, 1946) is an American Democratic Party politician in the U.S. State of New Jersey. ... is the 218th day of the year (219th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1957 (MCMLVII) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link displays the 1957 Gregorian calendar). ... Location of Jersey City within Hudson County Coordinates: , Country State County Hudson Government  - Mayor Jerramiah T. Healy  - Business Administrator Brian P. OReilly Area  - City 21. ... “NJ” redirects here. ... Federal courts Supreme Court Circuit Courts of Appeal District Courts Elections Presidential elections Midterm elections Political Parties Democratic Republican Third parties State & Local government Governors Legislatures (List) State Courts Local Government Other countries Atlas  Politics Portal      Further information: Politics of the United States#Organization of American political parties The Democratic... Dina Matos McGreevey, born 1966 in Cantanhede, Portugal, is the former First Lady of New Jersey. ... The Politics series Politics Portal This box:      A politician is an individual who is a formally recognized and active member of a government, or a person who influences the way a society is governed through an understanding of political power and group dynamics. ... This article is about the Episcopal Church in the United States. ... is the 218th day of the year (219th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1957 (MCMLVII) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link displays the 1957 Gregorian calendar). ... Federal courts Supreme Court Circuit Courts of Appeal District Courts Elections Presidential elections Midterm elections Political Parties Democratic Republican Third parties State & Local government Governors Legislatures (List) State Courts Local Government Other countries Atlas  Politics Portal      Further information: Politics of the United States#Organization of American political parties The Democratic... This is a list of governors of New Jersey. ... Jon Corzine 54th Governor of New Jersey; Incumbent Christine Christie Todd Whitman, the first female governor of New Jersey The Governor of New Jersey is the chief executive of the U.S. state of New Jersey. ... “NJ” redirects here. ... is the 15th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Also see: 2002 (number). ... is the 319th day of the year (320th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... An affair may refer to a form of nonmonogamy, to infidelity or to adultery. ... Homosexuality refers to sexual interaction and / or romantic attraction between individuals of the same sex. ... is the 224th day of the year (225th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about sexual orientation. ...

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Career

McGreevey was born in Jersey City, New Jersey, grew up in nearby Carteret, and attended St. Joseph High School in Metuchen. He attended Middlesex County (NJ) College, The Catholic University of America before graduating from Columbia University in 1978. He later earned a law degree from the Georgetown University Law Center in 1981 and a master's degree in education from Harvard University in 1982. He also attended a diploma program in law at the London School of Economics. Location of Jersey City within Hudson County Coordinates: , Country State County Hudson Government  - Mayor Jerramiah T. Healy  - Business Administrator Brian P. OReilly Area  - City 21. ... Carteret is a borough located in Middlesex County, New Jersey. ... St. ... Metuchen borough highlighted in Middlesex County Metuchen is a Borough in Middlesex County, New Jersey, United States. ... The Catholic University of America (abbreviated CUA), located in Washington, D.C., is unique as the national university of the Roman Catholic Church and as the only higher education institution founded by U.S. Roman Catholic bishops. ... Alma Mater Columbia University in the City of New York is a private university in the United States and a member of the Ivy League. ... A Law degree is the degree conferred on someone who successfully completes studies in law. ... The schools original sign, preserved on the north quad of the present-day campus. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Harvard University (incorporated as The President and Fellows of Harvard College) is a private university in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA and a member of the Ivy League. ... Mascot Beaver Affiliations University of London Russell Group EUA ACU CEMS APSIA Golden Triangle G5 Group Website http://www. ...


McGreevey was a member of the New Jersey General Assembly from 1990 to 1992, when he became Mayor of Woodbridge Township, New Jersey. He was re-elected mayor in 1995 and 1999. He was elected to the New Jersey Senate in 1993, simultaneously serving as mayor during the four-year Senate term. He first ran for governor in 1997, but was defeated in a close race (47%-46%) by the incumbent Republican, Christine Todd Whitman, with Libertarian candidate Murray Sabrin taking slightly over 5% of the vote. McGreevey ran for the governorship again in 2001 and won with 56% of the vote -- the first majority elected governor since James Florio. His Republican opponent in that race was Bret Schundler. His other political party opponents were Jerry Coleman - Green, Mark Edgerton - Libertarian, Michael Koontz - Conservative, Costantino Rozzo - Socialist and Kari Sachs - Socialist Workers. The New Jersey General Assembly is the lower house of the New Jersey Legislature. ... Woodbridge Township is a Township in Melissas Ass, New Jersey, United States. ... The New Jersey Senate is the upper house of the New Jersey Legislature. ... The Republican Party is one of two major contemporary political parties in the United States of America, along with the Democratic Party. ... Christine Todd Christie Whitman (born September 26, 1946) is an American Republican politician and author, who served as the 50th Governor of New Jersey and was the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency in the administration of President George W. Bush. ... The Libertarian Party is an American political party founded on Dec. ... James Joseph Jim Florio (born August 29, 1937) is a Democratic politician who served as the 49th Governor of New Jersey from 1990 to 1994, the first Italian American to hold the position. ... Bret Davis Schundler (born January 14, 1959 in Colonia, New Jersey) is an American Republican Party politician from the U.S. state of New Jersey. ...


After being elected to the governorship on his second try (on November 6, 2001), McGreevey inherited a $5 billion budget deficit. During his term, McGreevey raised the tax on cigarettes and increased the state tax rate for the higher incomes. is the 310th day of the year (311th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2001 (MMI) was a common year starting on Monday (link displays the 2001 Gregorian calendar). ... The United States dollar is the official currency of the United States. ... A budget deficit occurs when an entity (often a government) spends more money than it takes in. ... Two unlit filtered cigarettes. ...


McGreevey, who is of Irish descent, was raised as a Roman Catholic. Due to his pro-choice stance on abortion, he stated as governor that he would not receive Communion at public church services. McGreevey implemented a stem cell research plan for New Jersey, and heavily lobbied for the state's first domestic partnership law for same-sex couples, which he signed into law in early 2004. He has since been received into the Episcopal Church. Governor McGreevey has entered the discernment process to determine whether he may become an Episcopal priest. [1] “Catholic Church” redirects here. ... Issues of discussion Pro-choice describes the political and ethical view that a woman should have complete control over her fertility and pregnancy. ... For other uses, see Eucharist (disambiguation). ... Mouse embryonic stem cells. ... This article is about the political effort. ... International recognition Civil unions and Domestic partnerships Recognized in some regions Unregistered co-habitation Recognition debated See also Same-sex marriage Civil union Registered partnership Domestic partnership Timeline of same-sex marriage Listings by country This box:      A domestic partnership is a legal or personal relationship between individuals who live... This article is about the Episcopal Church in the United States. ...


Decision to resign

McGreevey's term was controversial, from questions about the credentials of several of his appointments to Pay to Play and extortion scandals involving many of his backers and key New Jersey Democratic fundraisers. Moreover, after only eight months in office, his homeland security advisor Golan Cipel resigned from his post amid persistent complaints about his lack of qualifying experience for the position. In the assessments of most observers, Cipel lacked the relevant prior experience that would warrant such an appointment. He also could not gain a security clearance from the federal government, given that he was not a U.S. citizen, but rather an Israeli citizen whom McGreevey met during a trip to Israel in 2000. This page is a candidate to be moved to Wiktionary. ... Extortion is a criminal offense, which occurs when a person either obtains money, property or services from another through coercion or intimidation or threatens one with physical harm unless they are paid money or property. ... Golan Cipel Golan Cipel (Hebrew: גולן ציפל, pronounced Tzi-pel) (born circa 1968[citation needed]) is an Israeli citizen who was hired by New Jersey Governor Jim McGreevey with whom he was having a homosexual realtionship. ...


According to McGreevey in his book The Confession (ISBN 0-06-089862-3) published in 2006, The Record was the first newspaper to break the news of a relationship between McGreevey and Cipel that was to lead to McGreevey's resignation. McGreevey brought up Cipel's name six weeks into his administration in a February 14, 2002, interview with The Record's editorial board at its offices saying: Heroes stamp using the Thomas E. Franklin photo The Record (also called The Bergen Record, although this has never been the newspapers name) is the second largest daily newspaper in the US state of New Jersey. ... is the 45th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Also see: 2002 (number). ...

We will not skimp on security. We actually brought on a security advisor from the Israel Defense Forces, probably the best in the world.

The interview prompted news investigation into Cipel's background and, on February 21, The Record published a profile of Cipel, calling him a "sailor" and a "poet". The article said: is the 52nd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ...

Democrats close to the administration say McGreevey and Cipel have struck up a close friendship and frequently travel together.

The article prompted McGreevey's own mother to ask him if he was gay and stirred various media organizations to send reporters to Israel to ask questions about Cipel and his background and childhood friends.[citation needed] GAY can mean: Gay, a term referring to homosexual men or women The IATA code for Gaya Airport Category: ...


In August 2002, Cipel resigned at McGreevey's request and then asked for his job back.


On August 12, 2004, faced with threats from Cipel's lawyer Allen Lowy that Cipel would file a sexual harassment suit against him in Mercer County Court (McGreevey in his book says Lowy told him "...although we think we will get $50 million, we'll take five"), McGreevey announced at a press conference: "My truth is that I am a gay American." He also said that he "engaged in an adult consensual affair with another man" (whom his aides immediately named as Cipel), and that he would resign effective November 15, 2004. Even though McGreevey's sexual orientation had been speculated about in New Jersey political circles and questions about the nature of his relationship with Cipel had been alluded to in the media even before August 2004, McGreevey's announcement made him the first openly gay state governor in American history. The Star-Ledger won the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News Reporting for its "coverage of the resignation of New Jersey’s governor after he announced he was gay and confessed to adultery with a male lover". is the 224th day of the year (225th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Sexual harassment is harassment or unwelcome attention of a sexual nature. ... {{Infobox U.S. CoiirjhtfnEGEYWnfv state = New Jersey | seal = Mc-m f seal. ... is the 319th day of the year (320th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Sexual orientation refers to the direction of an individuals sexuality, normally conceived of as falling into several significant categories based around the sex or gender that the individual finds attractive. ... The Star-Ledger is the leading newspaper in New Jersey. ... The Pulitzer Prizes for 2005 were announced on 2005-04-04. ... The Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News Reporting is awarded each year since 1998 for a distinguished example of local reporting of breaking news. ...


The timing of McGreevey's announcement enabled him to be the first to present news of the upcoming lawsuit to the media, and the decision to delay the effective date of his resignation until after September 3, 2004 avoided a special election in November to replace the governor. Doing so allowed the Democratic Party to retain control of the governor's office for at least another year, and avoided the prospect of a Republican candidate for governor running in tandem with George W. Bush, which could have helped Bush capture New Jersey's electoral votes. (Bush did not win New Jersey's electoral votes in the 2004 presidential election, but captured 46% of the statewide vote, compared to 40% in the 2000 race.) is the 246th day of the year (247th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... George Walker Bush (born July 6, 1946) is the 43rd and current President of the United States, inaugurated on January 20, 2001. ... An electoral college is a set of electors, who are empowered as a deliberative body to elect a candidate to a particular office. ... Presidential election results map. ... In the United States presidential election of 2000 Republican George W. Bush gained the US Presidency over Democrat Al Gore after the United States Supreme Court in Bush v. ...


Almost immediately after McGreevey's announcement, Republicans and others in New Jersey called upon the governor not to wait until November to resign and instead to do so at once.[2] An editorial in the New York Times read, "Mr. McGreevey's strategy [to delay resignation] doesn't serve New Jersey residents well. The state will be led by an embattled governor mired in personal and legal problems for three months."[3] An online petition paid for by the "Scott Garrett for Congress" campaign was claimed to have drawn 10,000 signatures by Garrett's campaign manager on August 27, 2004, although it wasn't clear how many of the signatures were those of New Jersey residents. The New York Times is an internationally known daily newspaper published in New York City and distributed in the United States and many other nations worldwide. ... E. Scott Garrett (born July 9, 1959 in Englewood, New Jersey) is a member of the United States House of Representatives. ... is the 239th day of the year (240th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


On September 15, U.S. District Judge Garrett E. Brown, Jr. dismissed Afran v. McGreevey, filed by Green Party lawyers Bruce Afran and Carl Mayers, dismissing their claim that the postponement of McGreevey's resignation had left a vacancy, thereby violating New Jersey residents' voting rights. Brown stated that McGreevey "clearly intends to hold office until November 15, 2004. The requirement of holding a special election does not arise. The rights of registered voters are not being violated." Afran re-filed the same suit in Mercer County Superior Court and Judge Linda R. Feinberg heard arguments on October 4, 2004. is the 258th day of the year (259th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... The Honorable Garrett E. Brown, Jr. ... In American politics, the Green Party is a third party which has been active in some areas since the 1980s, but first gained widespread public attention for Ralph Naders presidential runs in 1996 and 2000. ... Voting rights refers to the right of a person to vote in an election. ... is the 319th day of the year (320th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... In law, and more specifically, in the Anglo-American common law legal tradition, a superior court is a court of general jurisdiction over all, or major, civil and criminal cases. ... is the 277th day of the year (278th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Fellow Democrat and New Jersey Senate President Richard Codey took office upon McGreevey's resignation and served the remainder of the term until January 17, 2006. At the time of McGreevey's resignation, the New Jersey State Constitution stipulated that the Senate president retains that position while serving as acting governor. The New Jersey Senate is the upper house of the New Jersey Legislature. ... Richard James Dick Codey (born November 27, 1946) is an American Democratic Party politician in the U.S. State of New Jersey. ... is the 17th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Constitution of the State of New Jersey is the basic governing document of the State of New Jersey. ...


Personal life

Former governor McGreevy's home in Plainfield, NJ.

McGreevey has one daughter, Morag, from his first marriage to Canadian Kari Schutz, which ended in divorce. He has another daughter, Jacqueline, from his second marriage to Portuguese-born Dina Matos McGreevey. McGreevey is now separated and in the process of divorcing Matos McGreevey. On March 14, 2007, the Associated Press reported that McGreevey was seeking custody of Jacqueline from Matos McGreevey, and filing for child support.[1] Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 800 × 456 pixelsFull resolution (2741 × 1561 pixel, file size: 501 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) File historyClick on a date/time to view the file as it appeared at that time. ... Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 800 × 456 pixelsFull resolution (2741 × 1561 pixel, file size: 501 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) File historyClick on a date/time to view the file as it appeared at that time. ... Dina Matos McGreevey, born 1966 in Cantanhede, Portugal, is the former First Lady of New Jersey. ... Legal separation is a possible step towards divorce under United States law. ... is the 73rd day of the year (74th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st Century. ... The Associated Press, or AP, is an American news agency, the worlds largest such organization. ...


In his memoir The Confession, McGreevey describes the duality of his personal life before he came out as gay: "As glorious and meaningful as it would have been to have a loving and sound sexual experience with another man, I knew I'd have to undo my happiness step by step as I began chasing my dream of a public career and the kind of 'acceptable' life that went with it. So, instead, I settled for the detached anonymity of bookstores and rest stops — a compromise, but one that was wholly unfulfilling and morally unsatisfactory."[4]


McGreevey has been dating an Australian-American executive, Mark O'Donnell, since late 2005.[5] The two live in Plainfield, New Jersey.[6] Map of Plainfield in Union County Plainfield is a City in Union County, New Jersey, United States. ...


McGreevey and O'Donnell regularly attend Saint Bartholomew's Episcopal Church,[7], where McGreevey was received into the ECUSA on Sunday, April 29, 2007. He has been accepted to General Theological Seminary, where he will pursue a Master of Divinity degree, the degree required to become an Episcopal priest.[8] [9] Although a person with an M.Div. degree may become a priest in the Episcopal Church, they must go through discernment and be sponsored by a diocese. Ralph Adams Cram had nothing to do with the design of St. ... The Episcopal Church or the Protestant Episcopal Church in the United States of America is the American Church of the Anglican Communion. ... is the 119th day of the year (120th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st Century. ... The General Theological Seminary of the Episcopal Church is located in Chelsea, Manhattan in New York. ... ‹ The template below is being considered for deletion. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... Discernment is a term used in the Catholic Church, and other Christian traditions to describe the process of ascertaining Gods will for ones life. ... Pope Pius XI blesses Bishop Stephen Alencastre as fifth Apostolic Vicar of the Hawaiian Islands in a Cathedral of Our Lady of Peace window. ...


McGreevey is teaching ethics, law and leadership at Kean University in Union, New Jersey. [10] Kean University (formerly Kean College of New Jersey, and previously Newark State Teachers College) is a New Jersey state (public) university in Northern New Jersey. ... Map of Union Township in Union County Union is a Township in Union County, New Jersey, United States. ...


Trivia

  • In 2005, television writer Dena Higley cited McGreevey's story as inspiration for her storyline on the ABC soap opera One Life to Live, in which District Attorney Daniel Colson (Mark Dobies) murders Paul Cramer (David Tom) and Jennifer Rappaport (Jessica Morris), and marries Nora Buchanan (Hillary Bailey Smith), to hide his homosexuality and advance his political career.
  • McGreevey wrote a memoir, with assistance from ghostwriter David France, entitled The Confession, which was published by ReganBooks, an imprint of HarperCollins, in mid-September 2006. McGreevey appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show on September 19 to discuss and promote the book. It was the start of a two month promotion of his memoir.[11]
  • After Donald DiFrancesco's title was elevated from acting governor to governor retroactively in 2006, McGreevey became New Jersey's 52nd governor instead of the 51st.

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Preceded by
Richard Codey (acting)
Governor of New Jersey
January 15, 2002November 15, 2004
Succeeded by
Richard Codey

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Jim McGreevey - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (1445 words)
McGreevey was a member of the New Jersey General Assembly from 1990 to 1992, when he became Mayor of Woodbridge Township, New Jersey.
McGreevey's term was mired in controversy, from questions as to the credentials of several of his appointments to Pay to Play and extortion scandals involving many of his backers and key New Jersey Democratic fundraisers.
The timing of McGreevey's announcement enabled him to be the first to present news of the upcoming lawsuit to the media, and the decision to delay the effective date of his resignation until after September 3, 2004, avoided a special election in November to replace the governor.
CNN.com - New Jersey governor quits, comes out as gay - Aug 13, 2004 (919 words)
With his wife standing by his side, McGreevey -- a father of two -- spoke in calm tones as he described his struggle with his sexuality, "a certain sense that separated me from others." It was something that he said began as a child.
McGreevey's surprise resignation came as Golan Cipel, a former security aide to the governor, had readied a sexual harassment lawsuit against the governor, two Democratic sources told CNN.
McGreevey and his wife, Dina, have a 2-year-old daughter, and he has another daughter from a previous marriage.
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