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It wasn't until he reached his 40s that Jim says he finally fell in love with a man. On a trip to Israel, Jim met Golan Cipel. Jim found himself immediately flirting with the Israeli sailor and believed that the "bright, articulate" man was flirting back.

"My attraction to him was immediate and intense," Jim writes in his book. "From the minute I walked into the building, I felt it. Our eyes met over and over before we were introduced."

Golan knew about Jim's first bid for governor, and Jim admits that ego and flattery played a big role in their instant attraction.

"I felt when I met Golan, my earth shifted," Jim says.

Even though Jim started a life with Dina, he decided to finalize plans to move Golan to the United States—and to get him a job as an employee of his campaign for governor.
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FROM: First Interview: Former Governor Jim McGreevey, His Gay Sex Scandal
Published on September 19, 2006

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