McGreevey's Rise and Fall

Governor James McGreevey's declaration that he is a "gay American" and resignation is the latest twist in a political career that spanned suburban mayor to chief of state.

McGreevey, the state's 51st governor will step out of office on November 15th.

McGreevey began his career in public service as a county prosecutor. He later served as mayor, and narrowly lost his first gubernatorial bid to Republican Christie Whitman in 1997. He held onto his political base, and was able to beat Republican Bret Schundler by 15 points in 2001.

Since taking office McGreevey has been surrounded by scandal. His top fundraiser was indicted, and it's believed a sexual harassment complaint has been filed against him.

Born in Jersey City, McGreevey is a graduate of Columbia University. He earned his masters from Harvard and his law degree from Georgetown.

Related article: Governor McGreevey admits he's "a gay American," resigns from office

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