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Tuesday, August 17, 2004
The Story that Keeps on Giving

By Steven Taylor @ 5:25 am

My guess is that by the time this is over, this McGreevey story is going to seem like some sort of bad tv mini-series: Inquiry Said to Be Focusing On Plan for Touro College:

The federal investigation into Gov. James E. McGreevey’s accusation that a former aide tried to extort him by threatening to reveal their extramarital affair is now focusing on a strange, last-minute offer to keep the matter secret if the governor agreed to approve a plan for a new medical school in New Jersey, according to three people involved in the inquiry.

Just 10 minutes before Mr. McGreevey was scheduled to announce his resignation last Thursday, a member of his inner circle received a telephone call from a lawyer who identified himself as an intermediary for Golan Cipel, the aide who was threatening to sue the governor for sexual assault and harassment.

The caller, Timothy Saia, reportedly said that Mr. Cipel would agree not to go public with his charges if Mr. McGreevey granted a charter to Touro College, a New York City institution that has been unsuccessfully seeking to open a medical facility in New Jersey for months.

[…]

The surprising mention of Touro College made some of the governor’s advisers question whether Charles Kushner, a major McGreevey campaign contributor who was recently charged with hiring prostitutes to silence a witness in a fund-raising investigation, might have played a role in Mr. Cipel’s threat to file suit.

And here’s a blast from the past:

In its effort to get approval of a charter, Touro was also represented by former Senator Robert G. Torricelli, who now works as a political consultant. Mr. McGreevey’s advisers said that in recent months, Mr. Torricelli and his aides had been unsuccessfully trying to arrange meetings with the administration to push for the project.

Mr. Torricelli did not return calls seeking comment Monday, but his aide, Sean Jackson, told The Associated Press that they were not involved in Mr. Cipel’s efforts.

Sounds like NJ politics is quite the soap opera.

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  1. No, it’s the Sopranos. This is NJ, it involves corruption, so Tony must be behind it somewhere.

    I did a blog entry on this, where the writers of the show MUST be coming up with new story lines based on this real life story.

    Comment by Director Mitch — Tuesday, August 17, 2004 @ 4:46 pm

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