Ten years after he announced that he's a “gay American” and would resign from office as New Jersey governor, Jim McGreevey says he wishes he had found a more direct path to coming out.

On August 12, 2004, McGreevey, now 57, delivered a resignation speech with his second wife at his side.

“[M]y truth is that I am a gay American,” he said. “And I am blessed to live in the greatest nation with the tradition of civil liberties, the greatest tradition of civil liberties in the world, in a country which provides so much to its people.”

“Given the circumstances surrounding the affair and its likely impact upon my family and my ability to govern, I have decided the right course of action is to resign.”

The scandal that was McGreevey's undoing involved his attempt to appoint a seemingly unqualified young man to be his to homeland security adviser. McGreevey later admitted that he had an affair with the man, Golan Ciper.

During the intervening 3 months before he left office, McGreevey served as the nation's first – and so far only – openly gay governor.

Today, McGreevey is the executive director of the Jersey City Employment and Training Program, which helps those getting out of prison with work and housing.

McGreevey told the AP that his life with partner Mark O'Donnell was an honest one.

“I can only wish that I had found this path more directly,” he said.