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Jim McGreevey, Photo by Kevin Sanders for New Jersey Globe
Jim McGreevey. (Photo by Kevin Sanders for New Jersey Globe)

McGreevey expects to be fired

Former governor urging supporters to attend Jersey City meeting on Monday

By David Wildstein, January 06 2019 11:40 am

Former Gov. James E. McGreevey says he expects to be fired from his job running the Jersey City Employment and Training Program tomorrow night and is asking friends to attend a public meeting tomorrow night to support him.

Despite our clients’ successes, tomorrow night, Monday, I anticipate being terminated from Jersey City employment,” McGreevey wrote in an email.  “They have given me inconsistent and conflicting reasons for this abrupt decision.”

McGreevey has fallen out of favor with Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop, once a close political ally. Fulop had hired him to run the city’s prisoner reentry program.

The Jersey Journal first reported on Friday that McGreevey had received a Rice notice, a signal that the board run by appointees of Fulop intends to end his five-year tenure in Jersey City. The newspaper also first reported on Thursday that Michael Critchley, an attorney for McGreevey, notified the board that the former governor was seeking whistleblower protection.

“We rebuilt [what] was to become ‘Martin’s Place,’ developed and strengthened the template of the NJRC reentry model, and worked to provide housing, medical and behavioral (mental health and addiction treatment) services, legal/identification assistance, and training and employment through rigorous case management,” McGreevey said.

McGreevey was elected governor in 2001 after serving as mayor of Woodbridge and as a state senator and assemblyman. He resigned in 2004.

Email from former Gov. James E. McGreevey on January 6, 2018
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