Former Gov. Jim McGreevey, D-N.J., has landed a new government job as two other disgraced leaders across the Hudson strain to win public positions of their own.
McGreevey resigned in 2004 after admitting he cheated on his wife with an Israeli man he appointed to lead a state agency and has kept a low profile ever since.
The former governor was appointed Friday as executive director of Jersey City's Employment & Training Commission, a position that entails rehabilitation efforts for people released from jail as well as shuttling between businesses, colleges and unions in the area to facilitate area employment.
Mayor Steven Fulop, a Democrat who has been in office less than a month, proudly announced McGreevey's appointment as an "exciting opportunity for Jersey City."
McGreevey has spent some of his time in recent years counselling female prison inmates at the Hudson County Correctional Center.
"We are fortunate to have such a distinguished and knowledgeable individual to lead what is one of the most critical positions – that of job creation and workforce development," Fulop said in a statement. "With Governor McGreevey's background and portfolio, we can leverage private investment and develop a prisoner re-entry program that becomes a national model."
McGreevey told the Washington Post he doesn't plan to use the position as a stepping-stone for future political offices.
"No interest at all," McGreevey said. "But I do have an interest in making government work and linking in pragmatic terms the need for skills that can translate into a tangible job opportunity."
The Jersey Journal reports McGreevey will earn a $110,000 salary in his new position. Jennifer Morrill, a city spokeswoman, told U.S. News the response to McGreevey's appointment has been "largely positive."
In New York City two other scandal-scorched politicians, former Gov. Eliot Spitzer and former Rep. Anthony Weiner, both Democrats, are seeking elected office after falls from grace.
Spitzer, the son of a wealthy real estate developer, resigned his office in 2008 after admitting to cheating on his wife with prostitutes he paid up to $1,000 an hour. He announced July 7 he's seeking the Democratic nomination for New York City Comptroller, saying he could maximize the office's oversight potential.
Weiner has a more ambitious goal: to win the mayor's office. He resigned from Congress in 2011 after tweeting lewd photographs of himself to a number of women. His then-pregnant wife, Huma Abedin, stayed with him through the scandal and some polls indicate that he's now the front-runner in the race to replace outgoing Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
New Yorkers cast ballots Sept. 10 in the Democratic primary. The general election is scheduled for Nov. 5.