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Gov. McGreevey 's "Fall to Grace"

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Since leaving the seat as Governor of New Jersey, Jim McGreevey is studying to become an Episcopal priest and volunteers ministering to women in jail. Filmmaker Alexandra Pelosi followed McGreevey as he reinvented himself in her new HBO film “Fall to Grace.” Both Governor McGreevey and Pelosi discuss film and his story.

→ "Fall to Grace" airs Thursday, March 28 at 8PM on HBO

Guests:

Jim McGreevey and Alexandra Pelosi
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Comments [12]

simpsons_movie_s*cked

>sanych

@simpsons_movie_s*cked

How does a man "looks gay"? Enlighten us....

Uh... like this?

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/29/sports/soccer/robbie-rogers-feels-free-after-revealing-he-is-gay.html?hp&_r=0

Mar. 29 2013 10:05 AM
Bruce from California

Because it has become impossible to have a balanced discussion when it comes to gay characters we continually get fed a steady diet of the liberal, socialist, Jewish, revolutionary, homosexual, metrosexual, Upper West Side, Coastal California, media swells philosophy of life. That the country as a whole has a more nuanced view means absolutely zip. The meaning of the word 'democracy' has lost it's usefulness.

Mar. 28 2013 04:28 PM
sanych

@ thatgirl from manhattan

"Would that others would follow his lead. "

I definetely would not like him behind me...

Mar. 27 2013 12:08 PM
adsf

ya, bully for mcgreevey.

1. that doesn't give him a pass for untold sins, let alone the told ones;
2. he is presumably terrified of what would come out on day one, should he try getting a job in the financial or lobbying industries;
3. he is financially supported by a rich boyfriend and lives in a mansion. of everyone i know in that situation, they all do good things for other people;
4. lots of poor shlubs out there working for little or no pay in hard jobs who don't even get a thank you, let alone get a movie made about them. (wouldve been nice if him or pelosi could have given them a nod in that "interview."

Hopefully mcgreevey is doing this to be nice and help people because he won't win forgiveness for those who know him best (and that includes the Democratic voters he betrayed. Look what he left NJ with today!). Although he probably has earned a bit of respect.

good to hear that he is contributing to wnyc on the way out. but that segment made me want to hear him interviewed by a newsmaker.

Mar. 27 2013 12:05 PM
thatgirl from manhattan

When I first watched him on the NJ Caucus program, I was impressed with Mr. McGreevey's energy an intentions as an NJ gubernatorial candidate. Indeed, he did fall spectacularly, but that he's dedicated his life to the substantive (and often thankless) work of helping women released from prison is beautiful atonement.

It's easy to pick on him for his prior sins (and being gay certainly isn't one of them--the country's full of men who married and had children because the culture insists it's the most admirable thing to do), but how many would do this work? Those criticizing it are the same who'd make these women wrong for having been in prison--as if they could magically rebuild lives they never had the chance to build in the first place.

In a country like ours where we're continually forgiving drunken starlets who run people over with cars and other lousy behavior, just as long as they keep us entertained, McGreevey didn't run and hide once he admitted fault. You have to give him that. His measure is determined by how he's chosen to move on.

Hats off to him for that. Would that others would follow his lead.

Mar. 27 2013 11:49 AM

if you're not going to press him on what the REAL scandal was that the gay american red herring cynically derailed, then let him go back to ladyjail already!

Mar. 27 2013 11:45 AM
sanych

I have no problem with him helping women in prison and him trying to find redemption in the process.

I do have a problem with a movie made about it. It smells very Pelosi to me...

Mar. 27 2013 11:42 AM
Leo from queens

Mr. McGreevey and his partner might have grown up to be a decent human being helping others. But as a politician he was dishonest with his wife and a horrible manager. He filled his cabinet with horrible incompetent, self-absorved individuals -

Mar. 27 2013 11:36 AM
David from Fredericksburg, VA

Please stop regurgitating his BS line that he resigned because he's gay.

He resigned because he was a crooked Middlesex county Democrat & ran away just in time. (e.g. the bribe deal with the LAST farm owners in Piscataway, NJ - which, by the way - isn't that a beautiful piece of land the public is benefitting from -- NOT!)

There was also a series of scandals while he was mayor of Woodbridge.

Mar. 27 2013 11:35 AM

I have absolutely no interest in hearing anything McGreevey has to say. I don't care if he's gay (but he seems to be making a career out of it) but I do care that he installed his Israeli boyfriend as the head of NJ homeland security. Write a book about that Jim.

Mar. 27 2013 11:34 AM
sanych

@simpsons_movie_s*cked

How does a man "looks gay"? Enlighten us....

Mar. 27 2013 11:29 AM
simpsons_movie_s*cked

A gay looking man announcing that he is ready to quit a hard job and embrace (followed by a first-time rise in approval rating) a gay lifestyle? That's about as scandalous as John Hamm scolding sites like Gawker for writing articles on the largeness of his manhood or Dick Cheney shooting his friend in the face -- just adds to the brand.

But I do remain curious to hear about the real scandal the gay american red herring may or may not have covered up, just in the nick of time. Any truth here, either guest?

Mar. 27 2013 09:20 AM

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