New Jersey's McGreevey Says Farewell

By Melanie Arter | July 7, 2008 | 8:30 PM EDT

( - Months after announcing his plans to resign, New Jersey Gov. James McGreevey on Monday said farewell to his supporters in Trenton, N.J., but he won't be leaving office until Nov. 15.

McGreevey, who is now separated from his wife, admitted in August to having an extramarital affair with a man he hired as the state's anti-terrorism adviser, Golan Cipel.

"I have been simply overwhelmed by the extraordinary manifestations of unconditional love, compassion and concern that I have been shown by the citizens of this great state since August 12," McGreevey said.

"I have to begin today with humility by simply saying I am sorry, so, so sorry that mistakes in my judgment made this day necessary for us all. I am sorry that my actions have hurt those I love in my personal and political lives. I am sorry to those who vested their careers with me that this abrupt transition has caused them upheaval," he added.

"And I am sorry that I have disappointed the citizens of the state of New Jersey who gave me this enormous trust. To be clear I am not apologizing for being a gay American but rather for having let personal feelings impact my decision-making and for not have having had the courage to be open about whom I was," McGreevey said, adding that he is a changed man.

"Just as Lincoln said that a house divided against itself cannot stand, so it is true with a person. A divided self is not an integrated self. And so as I've been preparing for this day, I have been doing some mending in my soul. I so want the words of mouth and the actions of my hands and thoughts of my heart to be one in the same thing," he added.

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