Former Gov. Tabbed To Head Jersey City Agency

JERSEY CITY – Former New Jersey Gov. Jim McGreevey is returning to the public payroll.

Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop announced Friday that McGreevey will lead the city’s job training and creation commission.

The former governor was recently featured in an HBO documentary, Fall to Grace, about his efforts as a spiritual adviser to drug-addicted inmates in the Hudson County jail.

McGreevey served as the state’s governor from 2002 to 2004. Many recall his emotional news conference where McGreevey declared “I am a gay American,” and said that he was having an affair with the man he appointed as his homeland security advisor.

However, McGreevey had been linked to another scandal weeks before his resignation announcement. The state attorney general’s office indicted David D’Amiano, a fundraiser and longtime friend of the governor, for allegedly promising a donor preferential treatment from state and local government in exchange for a significant campaign contribution.

McGreevey was never charged in the investigation and maintained his innocence, but the then-governor was taped using the word “Machiavelli” in a conversation, which prosecutors said was a code word. D’Amiano pleaded guilty and was sentenced to two years in prison.

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