Ex-gov of N.J. now teaching ethics

April 19, 2007 at 2:56 PM   |   Comments

UNION, N.J., April 19 (UPI) -- Former New Jersey Gov. James McGreevey, who resigned under a cloud, has a job teaching law, ethics and leadership at a state college.

Kean University in Union quietly hired McGreevey part-time in November, The Star-Ledger of Newark reported Thursday. While the $17,500 annual paycheck is modest, the job could substantially increase McGreevey's eventual pension by giving him more years with the state.

McGreevey quit in 2004 after almost three years as governor, proclaiming "I am a gay American." He said he had had an affair with a man he appointed to a state position, while the man in question denied the affair and said he was a victim of sexual harassment.

"It seems to me, Jim McGreevey teaching law and ethics is a little bit like Doctor Kevorkian teaching health maintenance," said New Jersey Republican Chairman Tom Wilson.

But Kean President Dawood Farahi said that having a former governor willing to work for the university at such a low salary is "an unbelievable opportunity for us."

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