Man at center of McGreevey controversy says he is not gay

(08/15/04) TRENTON - Golan Cipel, the man with whom Governor Jim McGreevey (D-NJ) reportedly had an extramarital affair with, told an Israeli newspaper that he is not gay.

Cipel claims he was the victim of unwanted sexual advances by McGreevey and that he informed the governor of a planned sexual harassment lawsuit. Cipel says McGreevey resigned and made the admission about his sexuality after he was told of the potential lawsuit. Cipel also says he did not try to extort money from McGreevey.

Despite the controversy surrounding McGreevey's possible relationship with Cipel and his recent bombshell announcement, his approval rating among New Jersey residents has gone up.

A published poll shows the governor has an approval rating that is two points higher than the rating he received in a similar poll two weeks ago. The poll also shows 74 percent of Republicans feel McGreevey should leave office immediately as opposed to 29 percent of Democrats.

Forty-one percent of those polled say they were not surprised to learn of McGreevey's sexual orientation.

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