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Have you been paying attention to National News lately? No? Then you haven’t heard from Governor Jim McGreevey.
For those unfamiliar with the story, let’s start from the beginning.
Governor Jim McGreevey held a press conference on Thursday August 12, 2004 to announce that he would “resign” with effect from November 15, 2004.
Accompanied by his wife Vanessa, Governor Jim McGreevey further announced that he was a “gay American” and that he was having an affair with Golan Cipel.
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In an interview with the New York Post on August 14, 2004, Golan Cipel claimed that he was a heterosexual and had been sexually assaulted by the governor of New Jersey more than a dozen times.
As troubling as this scandal is, the mainstream media applauds the fact that he was “brave” to come out and ignore the more important issues.
There is the question from Golan Cipel (an Israeli citizen) that Governor Jim McGreevey appointed as his Homeland Security advisor. Cipel has no security experience. He is a former poet and sailor who once worked as a television reporter and spokesman for the Israeli consulate in New York.
Cipel was not subjected to a background check. In addition, Cipel is not an American citizen, so he could not qualify for a security clearance.
Then there is the question of whether the governor will wait until November 15, 2004 to resign. The New Jersey GOP has asked the governor to stop immediately, as he said on August 12, 2004.
Sources have confirmed that John Kerry’s campaign has asked Governor McGreevey to wait until after the November 2, 2004 presidential election to step down.
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In addition, the source confirmed that the Kerry campaign wanted to increase its whereabouts in McGreevey because “the campaign contacted the governor’s office and asked McGreevey to stop the resignation, the source said, for fear that such an incident would postpone such an incident Campaign funds and focus away from Kerry’s races and into a governor contest on November 2nd. ”
What is more worrying is the governor’s decision to push politics beyond what is good for the state of New Jersey.
Should McGreevey resign before September 3, there would be a special election on November 2 to fill the remaining 14 months of his term.
After September 3, 2004, the President of the Senate, Richard J. Codey, D-Essex, will likely be incumbent governor until January 2006.
The Democrats said the Republicans were taking advantage of the situation for political reasons.
Politics will be politics, in the end the only ones who pay the price are the “citizens”. Whether it is domestic issues or the current terrorist threat in New Jersey, citizens should demand the right to an open election.