Sex Scandal Forces Commander Of N.J. National Guard To Resign

Maj. Gen. Glenn Rieth Caught In 'Compromising Position' With Female Aide

TRENTON, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — The long-time commander of the New Jersey National Guard is resigning in disgrace, after being caught with a female aide.

Late Thursday afternoon, Gov. Chris Christie said he was accepting the resignation of Maj. Gen. Glenn Rieth, the man who has led the state’s National Guard for nearly a decade.

A sex scandal involving a woman who works for him caused him to quit. It was at the Trenton National Guard headquarters, where the Associated Press reports the married father of two and his aide were in a “compromising position.” The two were “caught in his office last month touching each other.”

Sources tell CBS 2’s Marcia Kramer the incident has been under investigation since early last month.

Rieth was a prominent member of Christie’s cabinet, a childhood friend of the governor’s who had commanded more than 9,000 soldiers and airmen in the Garden State’s Guard.

Officials said it was unclear if Rieth and the woman were having an affair or whether there were other incidents. The woman is married and she and her husband are social friends of the major general.

Rieth had first been appointed to the position by Democratic Gov. James McGreevey, who had his own sex scandal involving a male cabinet member.

In accepting his resignation, Gov. Christie said: “This is obviously a difficult time for his family and General Rieth did the right thing by stepping down to address this as a personal matter.”

And although they were childhood friends, Rieth apparently did not go to the governor until after the Army started its investigation.

Rieth’s resignation becomes effective on Dec. 15. His replacement has not been named.

Rieth’s Trenton office was all locked up and dark Thursday night. So was his Ewing home, where there were no lights on and no answer at the door.

Neighbor Alden French said he has said hello to Rieth nearly every day for the past 15 years.

“I’m just shocked. I don’t know what to say,” French told CBS 2’s Sean Hennessey. “They seemed like such a happy family. You know they were always together, they’d do things together. I just don’t understand it.”

French wasn’t alone.

“He’s a great guy. He’s a wonderful man,” neighbor Bridget Kovacs said.

“I just wish him and his family and the other family well. It’s got to be hard,” neighbor Lynne Nelson said.

A man, who reportedly was having an affair with a married woman, is now faced with a hard way to end to what was an unblemished military career.

Please offer your thoughts in the comments section below.

  • Normal Jersey Dude!

    If we could separate all sexual activity from work performance (no pun intended), spend the same amount of energry we use on reality TV, fantasy football (Yes, i have a FFL Team (guilty)), and trying to not pay taxes, etc… We could probably re-focus a ton of energy to find the cure for cancer, provide shelter to the homeless, and solve scores of problems. Let’s just be honest, grown ups hook up regardless of their marital status, religion, political affiliation and career choice. We ask military people to be Type A killers, sacrifice unbelevable things and then pile on them when they have a bad day. Let’s all just clean our own closets (me included) and let these two handle their scandal at home!

  • DanTe

    What happened to the Don’t ask Don’t tell policy?

  • Floopy Poopsy

    At least he wasnt molesting kids, give him a break

  • if he was a democrat, he could keep his job

    It appears that the affair, as reported here, was consensual and not a crime. While his wife may certainly force him to resign from his marriage, how does this affect his military career? Clinton cheated. He didn’t resign. (and he lied, too)

    • Jean

      If she was also a commander, nothing would be done to either of them. He was her boss and as such is prohibited from engaging in any kind of romantic relationship with her, consensual or not. The military has very clear-cut rules about this and he violated them. They can try him in military court if they want and that’s why he’s resigning. It beats being dishonorably discharged

  • Privates, Get it!

    Well I guess this proves that if you are a Major General, you should keep your hands off of the Privates!!

  • Meme Meyagi

    what is done about 7 million mooslime terrorists living in usa?

  • pete

    How can this bum command a couple of thousand soldiers when he is unable to command his own fly to stay shut. What is going on with this nation? Pedophiles, Cheaters, corrupted judges and politicians, banks robbing people, deceptions and outright lies from the top. If this bum had any spare energy, why not play soldier in Afghanistan or Iraq, like our brave boys do!! Sure it is much easier to hit the sack with a doll instead of stepping on a mine or wrestling a Taliban to the ground.

  • Joanne

    what is wrong with these people that can’t keep it in their pants??? one sex scandal after another … really scary what this world is coming too!!



  • Robert Allocca

    Where is a picture of the woman who is also a Cheater?

  • robert

    I believe the commander was caught in a “compromising” position, not an “uncompromising” one. Are these articles not proof-read?

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