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Jack McGreevey, a proud Marine veteran and tireless advocate for veterans. (Photo: 19th District Legislative Office).

Statements on the death of Jack McGreevey

By David Wildstein, May 12 2022 1:27 pm


“It is with real sadness that we mourn the passing of our friend and mentor, Jack McGreevey.

Jack, a proud Marine veteran, worked in the 19th District legislative office in Woodbridge since 1998. His focus and passion was to serve the veterans who lived in Carteret, Perth Amboy, Sayreville, South Amboy and Woodbridge, ensuring they received the services and benefits in which they are entitled.

Over the years, we have watched Jack drive veterans to the local VA, standing with them as they applied for their benefits and then following up with them over the following weeks, months and years. Jack – who enlisted on his 17th birthday to serve in World War II – was so proud of his opportunity to serve in the U.S. Armed Forces; he considered others who fought to be his true brothers and sisters. He defended them passionately and fearlessly; his loss will have a tremendous impact on the entire veteran community in New Jersey.

Our deepest sympathies are extended to the McGreevey family, which has been so proud of Jack’s work. For us, it was a distinct honor to know the man, to work with him and to marvel over his decades of service to fellow veterans.

On behalf of the 19th Legislative District office, as well as the many constituents who Jack has served over the years, we express our appreciation on this very sad day.  There was no one like Jack, and we are better public servants for having the opportunity to watch him work.”


“Laurie and I are deeply saddened by the news of Jack McGreevey’s passing. We have had the honor of working with Jack since the beginning of our respective careers. His values, principles and no nonsense approach helped shape the both of us over the last 30 years. Everyone who has worked with him on a big event can remember a time when he’d give you advice, you’d pray you did it right, and hope for that pat on the back after. His service to our country and his family never stopped. As an enlisted marine, he always carried that noble trait to be selfless in any endeavor. His work with veterans made an incredible impact to so many families across New Jersey. He was the embodiment of the ‘greatest generation’.  He will be truly missed.”


Tammy and I are deeply saddened by the passing of Jack McGreevey.
“Jack once said, ‘Being a Marine was the best thing I ever did, I had the honor to serve.’ Jack’s official military record may show five years of service, but we all know he served proudly and humbly for decades. He spent every day honoring the New Jerseyans who served our nation, as a respected voice for veterans and as the veterans’ liaison for Senator Joe Vitale, Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin, and Assemblywoman Yvonne Lopez. We were honored to host him at Drumthwacket for the Marine Corps Birthday celebrations he helped organize.

“Our condolences are with Governor McGreevey and his sisters, Caroline and Sharon, and their families. I hope they find comfort in knowing that New Jersey shares in their loss. Jack so perfectly represented the selflessness of all who wear our nation’s uniforms — he put our nation above all and his fellow New Jerseyans before himself. We should all endeavor to be such an example.”


“The passing of Jack McGreevey leaves me inspired and grateful to have known him as a man of great agency and integrity.  He was the proud father of three children including Governor McGreevey, and a selfless, dynamic leader in his own right.

In perfect alignment with the military creed “Leave no man behind,” Jack fought to the end for the well-being of all women and men in active duty and veterans here in New Jersey.  Nothing brought him more joy than to award and celebrate members of our armed forces and veterans.  Nothing gave him more satisfaction than to promote legislation and policies that made their lives better.

It is men like Jack McGreevey who make me even prouder to have served as a Marine.  He exemplified honor, courage and commitment.

Semper Fidelis!”


“Nadine and I are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Jack McGreevey, whose commitment to serving his country, New Jersey, and his fellow veterans knew no bounds. A part of the greatest generation, Jack was the embodiment of service before self and worked tirelessly to improve the lives of countless New Jersey veterans and their families. We are sending our prayers to Governor McGreevey during this difficult time and hope he finds comfort in the tremendous life and legacy of his father.”

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