Ten Years Later, So Much Has Changed for Gay Americans – and for Jim McGreevey

WHYY News | August 13, 2014 | Politics, Social
Ex-governor talks about his career, his dramatic resignation in 2004 amid a scandal linked to his sexual orientation, and what his life is like today

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Former NJ Governor Jim McGreevey
The times – and Jim McGreevey – have changed.

Facing the prospect of a sexual-harassment lawsuit being lodged by a man he had put on the state payroll while they were having an affair – and facing political scandal if his ex-lover “outed” him — New Jersey Gov. Jim McGreevey stepped up to lectern and announced: “I am a gay American.”

Then he resigned.

That was 10 years ago. If he was starting a political career now, he says, he would not hide the fact that he’s gay – certainly not in a state where same-sex marriage is now legal.

McGreevey looks back at his political career and his dramatic resignation announcement, talks about how civility seems to have vanished from the political scene, and discusses his current work with former prisoners trying to reintegrate into society.

Read and listen to the full story by reporter Eugene Sonn of WHYY/NewsWorks, a partner of NJ Spotlight.