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NJ Governor McGreevey resigns
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Old 12 Aug 2004, 05:36 PM   #1 (permalink)
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TRENTON, N.J. Gov. James E. McGreevey (search) announced Thursday that he is a gay man who had an adulterous relationship and, therefore, will resign his office on Nov. 15.

"At a point in every person's life, one has to look into the mirror of a person's soul. ... My truth is that I am a gay American," McGreevey said during a press conference, with his wife by his side and his parents behind him.

He disclosed that he had "shamefully engaged" in an affair with a man behind his wife's back but did not disclose who was involved. He said it was "wrong, foolish, inexcusable and for this I ask the forgiveness and the embrace of my wife."

McGreevey, a Democrat and former suburban mayor, took office 2 1/2 years ago, and despite inheriting a $5 billion budget deficit, he steadfastly refused to boost income taxes for most New Jerseyans, instead raising taxes on millionaires, casinos and cigarettes.

The tax hike was deeply controversial, but the governor managed to defeat several Republican court challenges, although the increase remains in legal limbo.

"It was interesting the way he was able to divide the state and get the have nots to go against the haves," said Charles Payne, a resident of New Jersey and CEO of Wall Street Strategies.

Speculation swirled that McGreevey made the announcement to get in front of a civil suit, and in fact, McGreevey himself said that one reason to make the announcement was to prevent someone with knowledge of his sexuality and affair from exerting undue influence.

"Our sources indicate that this is a preemptive strike," said FOX News senior judicial analyst Judge Andrew Napolitano.

By delaying leaving office until Nov. 15, McGreevey insures that his Democratic successor will not have to face election for almost a year. Had he resigned effective immediately, his successor would have faced voters this November.

His likely successor is Senate President Richard J. Codey (search), a Democrat from Essex County.

Democratic Presidential candidate John Kerry is leading President Bush in New Jersey, but the polls show the race to be somewhat closer than expected. Some observers speculated that the Democratic Party may have encouraged McGreevey not to delay this news so that it would not drag Kerry down in the polls.

Second Governor to Resign This Year

The governor has been dogged by several scandals involving fund-raising.

Among those caught up in recent scandals were his first chief of staff and former counsel; a top Democratic fund-raiser and former high school classmate; and real estate developer Charles Kushner (search), McGreevey's biggest campaign contributor, who was charged with trying to thwart a federal campaign-finance investigation.

McGreevey is the second governor to resign in months, following the resignation in June of Connecticut GOP Gov. John Rowland (search) amid corruption investigations and threats of impeachment.

McGreevey rose from suburban mayor to state chief executive by his tenacious efforts within party politics, maintaining a power base days after he narrowly lost to Republican Christie Whitman (search) in 1997.

McGreevey never truly stopped that campaign until he won in November 2001, beating Republican Bret Schundler by 15 percentage points.

Born in Jersey City, McGreevey graduated from Columbia University in 1978. He earned a law degree from Georgetown University in 1981 and a master's degree in education from Harvard University a year later.

After briefly serving as a county prosecutor, McGreevey became a lobbyist for a pharmaceutical company, then a state government official. While in the Legislature, McGreevey voted for Gov. Jim Florio's $2.8 billion tax hike that prompted a voter rebellion against Democrats.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.,2933,128836,00.html
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yeah, that fag resigned because he was gay

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