While former New Jersey Gov. Jim McGreevey appreciated state Senate President Steve Sweeney’s positive comments about his time as governor ten years to the day after he gave his resignation speech, McGreevey declined to comment on Sweeney’s gubernatorial chances.
“My days in politics are over. That’s very much in the rearview mirror,” McGreevey, who served as the Garden State’s chief executive from January 2002 to November 2004, told PolitickerNJ on Tuesday.
On the tenth anniversary of McGreevey’s famous “I am a gay American” speech, Sweeney (D-3) told PolitickerNJ that he was “disappointed” that McGreevey ultimately resigned.
“Being a gay American is nothing to be ashamed of,” Sweeney said. “It does not prevent you from leading a government, a corporation or a family.”
McGreevey, who has been a vocal and visible advocate for prisoner re-entry programs since he left elected office behind, has been a notable adviser to Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop. Fulop, the potential Democratic gubernatorial hopeful from North Jersey, hired McGreevey to head his city’s job creation and training commission.
Yet despite this alliance, McGreevey did not weigh in on which man should one day take over Trenton’s top title.
“I deeply appreciate the Senate President’s very gracious remarks,” McGreevey said. “But again, my days in politics are very much in the rearview mirror.”