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McGreevey’s Second Chance

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Former New Jersey Governor Jim McGreevey is now working to help prisoners reenter society by helping them find treatment, employment and housing.

He’s currently working as the Executive Director of the Jersey City Employment and Training Program and former prisoners say that they couldn’t be happier with the help they are getting under his supervision.

Wilfred Nunez was locked-up three times for theft and he said that if he hadn’t found the program he’d be right back in prison where he started or maybe even worse. He feels that this program saved him with their training. He is now employed working in a kitchen and he hopes to one-day be a chef. He feels that the people in the program hold a special place in his heart now.

“This is my family right here,” Nunez said.

McGreevey said that he is frustrated with the average $47,000 a year that the state spends to keep an individual imprisoned. And without a program like this, these people are just sent back out into the world and expect something to change.

“That’s what’s so crazy. We spend $47,000 a year to lock somebody up and then when they come out they have nothing and the only thing that people can do is to go back to what they know,” McGreevey said.

This topic hits home for McGreevey who compared the help he’s giving out, to the help he received from Mayor Fulop after his public resignation as governor.

“It’s the same way that Mayor Fulop gave an ex-governor a second chance and said people can say well ya know, he’s an ex-governor who resigned and what the mayor did is said, no lets rewrite this story. Let’s understand that people are blessed with certain gifts, that people are at different points in their lives and let’s help people to redefine the narrative stories of their lives,” he explained.

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