We found this article dated 2004. It reports on the connection and criminal lobbying for Touro (Golin was on Touro’s board) to build a medical school, sound familiar? by Golin Cipel to James McGreevey, and names Kushner, and disgraced former senator Torricelli – well read the article.
STAR LEDGER | 8/16/04 | JOSH MARGOLIN
(Touro’s) board members include politically connected developer Charles Kushner, and other prominent New Jersey developers and businessmen…….and plans to build a medical school in Livingston and enlisted former Sen. Robert Torricelli as its consultant on that project…….. Golan Cipel was helping Touro with its medical school plans, and now federal investigators have made Touro part of their probe into the sex-and-blackmail scandal that last week all but ended the political career of Gov. James E. McGreevey.
The FBI is reviewing allegations that Cipel’s attorneys asked McGreevey’s administration to help fast-track the Manhattan-based college’s application to open what would be the only private medical school in New Jersey.
Touro’s attorney yesterday said college officials “are confounded” by the allegations and disavowed any role in the scandal. “Those statements were never authorized and we were unaware of them until we read them in the newspapers,” said the college’s lawyer, Franklyn Snitow.
In addition to Cipel, the medical school plan has brought together Kushner and Torricelli, two other controversial figures in Democratic politics.
Kushner, who has been charged with obstructing a separate federal investigation, is a Touro board member. He also had arranged with Touro officials to largely bankroll the creation of the medical school in his hometown of Livingston and, in return, hoped to see the institution named after his mother, Rae, who recently died………………
Torricelli, who did not seek re-election after being admonished in an ethics scandal, is representing Touro in its push for a medical school. Snitow said Torricelli was enlisted as “we prepare ourselves to go through the process.”
Torricelli aide Sean Jackson said Torricelli is “providing general advice, fund-raising strategy and advice about opening a medical school.”