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.
on WNYC News, a content partner of NJ Spotlight.