In attendance for the Martin’s Place grand opening were U.S. House of Representatives Minority Leader (D – CA – 12) Nancy Pelosi, Gov. Chris Christie, former New Jersey Governorâ€™s Brendan Bryne, Tom Kean, Sr., and James McGreevey – who has spearheaded the Jersey City re-entry program in recent memory – and U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez (D – NJ), Â just to name a few.
Martinâ€™s Place, of course located on Martin Luther King Dr., will offer residents job training, employment opportunities and other re-entry services to give recently released prisoners a second chance in society after they have paid their debt.
Also present at the event were former New Jersey Governorâ€™s Brendan Bryne, Tom Kean, Sr., and James McGreevey – who has spearheaded the Jersey City re-entry program in recent memory – Congressmen Donald Payne, Jr. and Albio Sires, National President of the NAACP Cornell Brooks, state Sen.Union City Mayor Brian Stack (D-33), state Sen. Sandra Cunningham (D-31) and Weehawken Mayor Richard Turner- among others – all came out to support the grand opening.
The roughly two-hour ceremony saw just about every official on stage take the podium at some point to express their pride in Jersey City, as well as to talk about the theme of the day: second chances.
Kean, Menendez and Pelosi all spoke passionately on the subject.
Additionally, Christie sat down with McGreevey to talk about the concepts surrounding reentry.
After the ceremony, Hudson County View caught up with Fulop and McGreevey during the post-conference media scrum, where they elaborated on why today was such a momentous occasion.