McGreevey Alleges Political Retaliation After Firing From Jersey City Nonprofit

WNYC | January 9, 2019 | Politics
Ousted from his job as the head of a nonprofit on Monday, former governor accuses Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop of orchestrating his dismissal in an act of political payback

Former Gov. Jim McGreevey, right foreground, at the board meeting Monday when he was ousted as head of JCEPT.
Former New Jersey Gov. Jim McGreevey was unceremoniously ousted from his job as the head of a Jersey City nonprofit on Monday, in what he’s described as an act of political retaliation by Mayor Steve Fulop.

McGreevey has headed Jersey City’s Employment and Training Program (JCEPT) since 2013. It’s a nonprofit that gets federal funding to provide job training and services to the formerly incarcerated and other at-risk populations. 

McGreevey was hired by Fulop in 2013 and served as a political mentor of sorts for the young mayor, when Fulop was rumored to be mulling a run for governor. McGreevey says the relationship soured after he fired one of Fulop’s patronage hires at JCEPT for taking cash payments from program participants. And McGreevey isn’t leaving without a fight. Instead, he used his unique status as a former governor to draw media attention to his plight, and he summoned dozens of his supporters to Monday’s JCEPT board meeting, where he expected to get the axe.

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