New Jersey Gov. James E. McGreevey frequently used his state police security detail to escort him to the home of Golan Cipel, the Israeli aide with whom he carried on an adulterous gay affair, sources told the Newark Star-Ledger. The visits to Cipel’s Woodbridge apartment began soon after McGreevey was elected in November 2001, when he was assigned drivers from the State Police’s Executive Protection Unit, according to the sources. When the affair began, McGreevey was the father of a newborn daughter. It ended in the spring of 2002.
Accounts of the visits, provided by a law enforcement source familiar with the unit’s activities and by a close friend to McGreevey, shed new light on the secret life that ruined McGreevey’s career and led to his announcement this month that he would resign Nov. 15, throwing state government into turmoil. Some troopers on the security unit were uncomfortable with the trips, particularly when they were left waiting for the governor outside Cipel’s apartment late at night. Troopers often talked among themselves about the McGreevey-Cipel relationship, the law enforcement source said, but kept the matter quiet because of a pledge of confidentiality that comes with serving the governor’s security unit.