In August 2004, New Jersey Governor Jim McGreevey announced that he was resigning from office, after admitting to an extramarital affair with a man on his staff. The most troublesome part of the announcement—in which he declared himself to be a “gay American”—that the staffer (Golan Cipel) had been appointed as New Jersey’s homeland security adviser, despite being vastly under-qualified for the job. The saga went on well past McGreevey’s resignation. McGreevey and his wife Dina Matos divorced, and she wrote a tell-all called
Silent Partner, about her years in denial. Later, in court with her ex-husband (arguing over money), Matos charged that the day after she gave birth to the couple’s child, he insisted on introducing the baby to the media. “His entire life had been scripted,” she later told Diane Sawyer. When he announced his resignation, Matos claimed, McGreevey told her to be brave, “like Jackie Kennedy.” She was appalled. “My world had collapsed around me.” McGreevey, meanwhile, is trying to give new meaning to his life by studying to become an Episcopal priest.