Would you vote for a gay Governor?
I do a joke in my comedy act about the resignation of former Governor Jim McGreevey saying ‘I am a gay American, I was unfaithful in my marriage, I’m stepping down, but I just saved a ton of money on my car insurance.”
While I was just looking for a funny punchline at the time, I didn't realize how accurate it was. Governor Chris Christie actually credits the former Governor for a decrease in the auto insurance rates in New Jersey. According to politifact.com Christie said in an “On The Line’ interview "I’ve got to give a shoutout to Governor McGreevey, he did a very good job on that while he was governor and our auto insurance, while still high, is not anywhere near as high as it used to be about a decade ago. And that's because we went to market-based solutions that brought more folks in here, created more competition, and now you have lower rates."
McGreevey, who now councils prisoners reflects upon his life in a letter to the Star Ledger.
As we approach the 10th anniversary of the former Governor’s resignation, times regarding the acceptance of gays have changed drastically. We now have same sex marriage in New Jersey. Two professional athletes have come out, Jason Collins in basketball and of course, Michael Sam in football.
There were many highs and lows in the former Governor’s time in office,
The storyline goes that McGreevey was forced to resign his office because he was a closeted gay man, but if he or any gay man were running today, would he get your vote? Would it really make a difference?