TRENTON, NJ: The unnamed man with whom Gov. James McGreevey said he had an affair was Golan Cipel, according to sources in an ABC News report. Cipel, after leaving a post as a McGreevey aide, had a brief stint in PR at MWW Group.
McGreevey resigned as governor today, effective November 15.
?Given the circumstances surrounding my affair, I decided the right course of action is to resign,? McGreevey said at a press conference where he did not take questions. ?Let me be clear; I accept full responsibility for my actions.?
The married McGreevey said he is ?a gay American.?
ABC News cited three unnamed sources in reporting that Cipel is expected this afternoon to file a civil suit that alleges sexual misconduct.
Cipel has long been a lightening rod for the governor. Hired in January 2002 as McGreevey?s top security advisor, he left the government post shortly after he was denied security clearance because of his Israeli citizenship.
He joined MWW, based in East Rutherford, that September as VP of public affairs. He spent barely a month with MWW, before signing with Trenton-based government-lobbying shop State Street Partners.
?Our relationships in New Jersey remain strong,? said Michael Kempner, CEO of the MWW Group, who added that the agency has not had to respond to the media about its connection with Cipel.
"There's [no need to respond] about a guy who worked for us for less than 30 day in 2002."
Cipel no longer works for State Street, the lobbying firm said, and could not be reached for comment.