McGreevey, a 66-year-old Democrat, served as New Jersey governor from 2001 and resigned in 2004 when he publicly came out as gay and admitted to an extramarital affair with a man. He launched his mayoral campaign with a focus on the future and his desire to give back to the community.
His campaign launch event was held at a Dominican café owned by Candido Ortiz, a man who received clemency after serving over two decades in federal prison. Ortiz’s case was supported by the New Jersey Reentry Corporation, a nonprofit led by McGreevey that assists individuals after their release from prison, helping them find jobs, housing, and other resources.
Reflecting on the last two decades, McGreevey stated that he has changed and described his younger self as a “young man in a hurry.” He acknowledged that his coming out and the changing attitudes toward sexuality in the US have been transformative.
The incumbent mayor of Jersey City, Steven Fulop, has chosen not to seek reelection in the upcoming year, opting to pursue the Democratic nomination for governor.
In his campaign video, McGreevey emphasized the importance of second chances and personal growth, saying he’s “imperfect” but has learned to take accountability and do the right thing. He aims to provide a new opportunity for Jersey City residents through his campaign.