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is not the critic who counts: not the man who points out how the strong
man stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit
belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred
by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly
but who knows
the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, who spends himself for a worthy
cause; who, at the best, knows, in the end, the triumph of high achievement,
and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly,
so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who knew
neither victory nor defeat," said President Theodore Roosevelt during
a speech at the Sorbonne in 1910.
New Jersey's Governor, James E. McGreevey, is such a man. Devoted
to a wide array of worthy causes, he projects the epitome of leadership
and is successfully tackling a multiplicity of issues head on. A surge
of energy surrounds this fast-paced individual whose actions are indicative
of a future with bright tomorrows. Possessing a certain air that demands
immediate attentionall the while charming others with exuberant
action and eloquent mannerismsMcGreevey is supercharged.
Born August 6, 1957 in Jersey City, the grandson of a police officer
and son of a Marine and nurse, James E. McGreevey was to become New Jerseys
51st Governor at the age of 45. Hes married to Dina Matos McGreevey
and is the father of two daughters, Morag Veronica, age nine, and Jacqueline
Matos, who was born on December 7, 2001. His knowledge stems from earning
a law degree from Georgetown University, and a masters degree in
education from Harvard University. Under his leadership, New Jersey shows
immense promise. His attention to the importance of legislative issues
concerning disability, health care, education and safety, is taking the
state by storm. His energy level is as youthful as his appearance.
Prior to being elected Governor, McGreevey served as Mayor of Woodbridge,
since 1992, and led an effort to revitalize Woodbridge's downtown business
district. He designated police officials on the streets, resulting in
a decrease in overall crime of nearly 40 percent since 1991. He sponsored
and co-sponsored laws that established a budget cap and strict ethical
standards for public officials. Another of his creations, "Woodbridge
Tech 2000," installed computers into the classrooms and linked senior
citizens to the Internet, enabling them to communicate with family and
Aside from his dedication to fighting for better schools, fiscal responsibility,
and the safety and security of New Jersey Citizens, he has also become
a strong advocate on health issues, promoting cancer awareness. One of
his many goals is to create a web-based reverse registry to assist cancer
patients in finding information on clinical trials. Education is a primary
concern. According to McGreevey, The most effective weapon that
we have in the battle against cancer is prevention and early detection.
Under McGreevey's influence, Trenton, New Jersey will serve as a pilot
program in which government and business will work in alliance to plan
and prepare a public and private response to terrorists attacks.
A national, non-partisan organization constituting of senior businesses
leaders will exercise their ingenuity and leadership towards notional
security. This will establish New Jersey as a business force for implementing
the pilot program.
He has also helped Pfizer Inc., Chairman and CEO Hank McKinnell and
Education Commissioner William Librera, launch the new Pfizer Medical
ScienceAcademy. It serves as model partnership between the state of New
Jersey, Pfizer, The Pfizer Foundation and the Morris District. According
to McGreevey, "Working with the private sector and the education
community, can prepare students for careers right here in New Jersey while
providing them with the skills they need to compete in the global economy.
Education is indispensable to comprehend possible encumbrances, and augment
cooperation to protect citizens He not only works with corporations by
creating a bridge between labor and business, but he also demonstrates
the winsome possibilities with Pfizer by meeting the students' needs.
The more New Jersey assembles a better education system, the more economy
will benefit and be more effectively prepared to fight attacks. America
needs effective public/private partnership to develop a proactive counter
terrorism plan," said McGreevey. "Designed to prevent, prepare
for, respond to and recover from potential terrorists activities."
"This country will not be a permanently good place for any of
us to live in unless we make it a reasonably good place for all of us
to live in," quoted President Roosevelt. In his pursuit to make New
Jersey a better place to live, McGreevey is ready to fight and not prepared
to lose. The battle is staged as McGreevey, alongside Attorney General
David Samson and State Treasurer John McCormac, recently filed four lawsuits
against corporate defendants including: Qwest Communications Inc., Electronic
Data Systems Corporation (EDS), Sears Roebuck and Co., and Tyco International
Ltd. The suit seeks to recover colossal losses of $150 million in state
pension that allegedly resulted from misconduct by the four companies
and certain corporate officers. McGreevey's devotion and ability to balance
impending issues toward the betterment of society is visible. "We
must hold these corporations accountable and protect the interests of
New Jersey taxpayers and pension members," said McGreevey.
Governor McGreevey served in the State Assembly from 1990 to 1991
and in the State Senate from 1994 to 1997. During his tenure in the legislature,
he established a state law requiring insurers to pay for mammograms.
Even as mayor, his contributions in health care were acknowledged
and commended by President Clinton. High quality leadership and dedication
merited him to a position on the National Cancer Advisory Board in 1998.
He has also served as Chair of the United States Conference of Mayors
Su committee on Health Insurance and as Vice President of the New Jersey
Conference of Mayors. In addition to his experience as a state legislator,
he's also been as Assistant County Prosecutor and State Parole Board Director.
Its quite relieving to see such an important figure connect with the people and actually feel their pain and target their needs. He walked 250 miles throughout the state of New Jersey, and interacted with moms, seniors and young families, discussing the dire necessity for cancer research and protocols. He also tore down the mayors building and made it accessible for people with disabilities.
Chet Cooper, editor-in-chief of ABILITY Magazine, recently sat down
with Governor James McGreevey at the capital building in Trenton, New
Interview with Governor McGreevey
Chet Cooper: There are many remarkable events, research facilities and
programs coming from New Jersey. How did you become involved with the
Christopher Reeve Paralysis Center?
Governor James McGreevey: Christopher Reeve brought to the forefront
many challenges a person with paralysis or spinal cord injury facesparticularly
in Neuroscience. We have previously worked with Dr. Dennis Choi who is
Executive Vice President of Neuroscience for Merck Research Laboratories
and particularly Dr. Wise Young who is Director of the W.M. Keck Center
for Collaborative Neuroscience at Rutgers University. Understanding the
number of adults and children who face paralysis, our goal was to combine
the educational services of the Christopher Reeve Paralysis Centers
program with the New Jersey Commission on Spinal Cord Research to provide
a greater degree of collaboration. The commission focuses on accelerating
research to develop effective interventions and work with paralysisparticularly
focusing on the consequences of spinal cord injury and disease. Weve
developed this collaborative approach between the W.M. Keck Center for
Collaborative Neuroscience at Rutgers University, Christopher Reeves
paralysis educational initiatives and the New Jersey Commission on Spinal
Cord Research to coordinate academic research, university and private
sector research, and educational programs to provide access to spinal
cored injury and disease.
CC: Had you met Christopher Reeve prior to the collaboration?
GM: Yes. He and his wife are a visible testament to courage. I found
his willingness to provide for an educational resource that provides access
not only on-line but also for families throughout the tri-state area heartening.
I had the honor of being at the dedication of his center in New Jersey.
Much of the basic research is performed in New Jersey, particularly at
the Keck Center for Collaborative Neuroscience at Rutgers, but the goal
is to hopefully provide clinical trials in New Jersey hospitals, thereby
accessing clinical information and effective interventions. The goal was
to bring the Reeve Center as an educational initiative, and Rutgers University,
Merck & Co. and the New Jersey Commission as a collaborative partnership.
CC: Now that New Jersey has established itself as a leader in spinal
cord injury and disease research is New Jersey focusing on cancer research?
GM: Yes, but first we must understand the scourge of cancer: 41,000 new
cases of cancer will be diagnosed in New Jersey this yearof which
18,000 New Jerseyians will die from cancer this year; New Jersey has the
6th highest incidence of Breast Cancer in the nation and ranks 4th national
for males with Colorectal Cancer and 11th for females. We must understand
that cancer is something many New Jersey and American families face.
CC: Cancer cluster...
GM: Exactly. We want to identify contributing environmental factors.
Thats why were also spending money on what we call Cancer
Cluster SWAT teamslike a suspected cancer cluster in Toms
River. This will enable us to assign -- a team of epidemiologists and
geographers to investigate higher than average epidemiological rate of
cancer. Another goal of the reverse registry it to provide patients with
the latest information about best protocols, practices and treatments
in the battle against cancer. Were taking a comprehensive approach
towards battling cancer and enabling patients to have the latest and best
information to empower themselves if they want to take the next step.
I did this crazy walk throughout the state of New Jersey from High Point
New Jersey, Sussex County to Cape May Lighthouse; well over 250 miles.
This is before the campaign. Single moms, seniors and young families told
me of their battle against cancer and the difficulty they had in accessing
information, and most recent research and upstate protocols. The goal
is to provide access to the scientific information regarding the best
immediate practices to families who are grappling with the challenges
CC: Will the Internet be used as one of the main resources?
GM: Yes, absolutely. The reverse tumor registry will enable patients
to search for clinical trials that are being performed in their area.
They have the ability to submit their vital statistics with a potential
matching cancer center or a pharmaceutical biotechnology company.
CC: Are you familiar with the digital divide and have you taken measures
to bridge it for people trying to access this information?
GM: Sure. Again, our goal is to push our information as aggressively
as possible. Well work with community based health care organizations
to provide this information, particularly through community groups: churches,
community organizations, community centers, and American Legions.
CC: What youre doing is great and can truly become a national model.
Do you think what you are accomplishing in New Jersey will impact a vast
number of people?
GM: Oh yeah. We need to understand that the national cost of cancer averages
about $105 billion dollars along with the loss of productivity, medical
care, and mortality. The most effective weapon that we have in the battle
against cancer is prevention and early detection. Raising the visibility
in New Jersey in the war against cancer, but also providing information
about the best practices and recent scientific information.
CC: On the medical front, what other areas do you see New Jersey expanding
GM: Right now, particularly in cancer were looking at surveillance
prevention and treatment to disseminate research funds and treatment developments
throughout the community. Its our goal to ensure families throughout
New Jersey have access to the best of the information.
CC: Will that website be available to anyone?
GM: Yes, which is important. It is currently being designed by the Cancer
Institute of New Jersey with the Robert Wood Johnson University, a medical
center in New Jersey.
CC: Will the website be funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation?
GM: Well receive funding both from the federal government, the National Cancer Advisory Board and the private sector that views this as a win-win situation. Its a win particularly for the families, but the website will also attract or educate more people regarding the battle against cancer.
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