Former New Jersey Governor James McGreevey will visit Princeton University on Monday, Dec. 8, for the screening of the documentary about his life and a discussion about his new work counseling prisoners when they return to society. McGreevey will talk about the themes of redemption and transformation as part of a series sponsored by the Princeton University Office of Religious Life.
McGreevey, a Democrat, served as the 52nd Governor of New Jersey from Jan. 15, 2002, to Nov. 15, 2004. At a press conference on Aug. 12, 2004, he announced that he was gay, had engaged in an affair with a man, and would resign from office. After leaving the governorship, he attended the General Theological Seminary in New York City to earn his master’s degree to become an Episcopal priest. While he was a student at General Theological Seminary, he volunteered with Exodus Transitional Community at the Church of Living Hope in New York City to help former prisoners seeking rehabilitation.
The documentary “Fall to Grace,” based on McGreevey’s former life, will be shown at noon Monday, Dec. 8, in McCormick Hall, Room 101, in the Princeton University Art Museum, followed by a question-and-answer session.
McGreevey has served as the executive director of the Jersey City Employment and Training Program since July of 2013. The program provides counseling to former inmates who are returning to society. At 4:30 p.m. on Dec. 8, McGreevey will give a talk about “Prisoner Reentry: Breaking the Cycle,” at McCosh Hall, Room 50, at Princeton University.