It's been a decade since former New Jersey Gov. Jim McGreevey shocked the nation by announcing he was a "gay American" and resigned from office.

Jim McGreevey delivers his farewell address on November 8, 2004 in Trenton (Spencer Platt, Getty Images)

While most New Jerseyans remember McGreevey's scandals, some remember him as the person who fixed some of the state's most vexing issues.

He directed a reform of motor vehicles that ended long waits at the inspection line. McGreevey is also responsible for bringing down the state's high auto insurance rates, fixing E-ZPass and preserving drinking water with the Highlands Act.

Now McGreevey is back in government as an advocate for prison reform.  The 57-year-old is managing transitional programs for people getting out of prison and returning to Jersey City.

McGreevey told the Associated Press this month that is present work is "the ideal intersection of faith and service and government policy."

The Associated Press contributed to this report.