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Gay ex-governor
and partner to live in palatial New Jersey home

Gay ex-governor
and partner to live in palatial New Jersey home


Former New Jersey governor James McGreevey, the nation's first openly gay governor, and his new partner are reportedly about to buy a 17-room home in an upscale New Jersey neighborhood.

It appears the nation's first gay governor and his partner have finally found a nice place to shack up together. According to The [Newark, N.J.] Star-Ledger newspaper, former New Jersey governor James E. McGreevey and his partner, Mark O'Donnell, are about to purchase a 17-room, $1.4 million home in Plainfield's historic Sleepy Hollow neighborhood. The home, an ivy-covered Georgian colonial, reportedly has eight bedrooms and four bathrooms. The neighborhood is home to several local politicians, including former Plainfield mayor Al McWilliams and Democratic assemblyman Jerry Green. Apparently the neighborhood has been buzzing for several weeks with word that McGreevey, 48, and O'Donnell, 42, a Manhattan financier, would soon be moving in. "It's good for us to have someone who has been in the circles he's been in," McWilliams told the Star-Ledger. "It shows there is more to our city than what you read about in the papers sometimes." McGreevey has made few public appearances since resigning the governor's office in 2004, following his dramatic public admission of an extramarital affair with a gay appointee. But he has been turning up in recent weeks as he prepares to release his memoir, The Confession, which is due out in the fall. According to the Star-Ledger, the palatial home, which includes a solarium, a butler's pantry, and in-ground swimming pool, sits on 1.7 acres and was originally built for a founder of the New York Stock Exchange. Its gardens were designed by the firm of noted landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted, who created New York City's Central Park. (The Advocate)

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