So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed

by

Jon Ronson

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Jim McGreevey Character Analysis

Jim McGreevey is an American politician and the former Democratic governor of New Jersey. During his initial run, McGreevey presented himself as a wholesome family man—but he was hiding the fact that he was gay. When McGreevey’s affair with an Israeli man named Golan was about to be exposed to the public, McGreevey came out, resigned, and stepped out of the public eye. He began covertly running a correctional facility in New Jersey, and Jon Ronson accompanied him there to observe how shame affects incarcerated people.

Jim McGreevey Quotes in So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed

The So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed quotes below are all either spoken by Jim McGreevey or refer to Jim McGreevey. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Riverhead Books edition of So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed published in 2016.
Chapter 13 Quotes

“Normal prison is punishment in the worst sense,” Jim told me. “It’s like a soul-bleeding. Day in, day out, people find themselves doing virtually nothing in a very negative environment.”

I thought of Lindsey Stone, just sitting at her kitchen table for almost a year, staring at the online shamings of people just like her.

“People move away from themselves,” Jim said. “Inmates tell me time and again that they feel themselves shutting down, building a wall.”

Related Characters: Jim McGreevey (speaker), Jon Ronson (speaker), Lindsey Stone
Page Number: 254
Explanation and Analysis:

Six months later. Three people sat together in the council chamber at Newark City Hall: Jim, Raquel, and I.

Jim had intervened. The prosecutors were persuaded that Raquel was a victim of an “abuse cycle.” And so instead of twenty years she served four more months and then they let her go.

Related Characters: Jon Ronson (speaker), Jim McGreevey, Raquel
Page Number: 259
Explanation and Analysis:
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Jim McGreevey Character Timeline in So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed

The timeline below shows where the character Jim McGreevey appears in So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 13: Raquel in a Post-Shaming World
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In New York’s Meatpacking District, Ronson met up with Jim McGreevey, the former governor of New Jersey who was notorious for “never pardon[ing] anyone.” Years ago,... (full context)
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The media and those close to McGreevey became suspicious of Golan’s role in the administration. So McGreevey began distancing himself from Golan,... (full context)
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McGreevey told Ronson that he was excited to hear that Ronson had interviewed famed psychiatrist and... (full context)
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...Hudson Country Correctional Center in Kearny, New Jersey, whose therapeutic community was quietly run by McGreevey. McGreevey accompanied Ronson on his tour, and as the two of them walked through the... (full context)
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...out of a library and read to their children over video calls. As Ronson joined McGreevey and a number of the women in a circle for a group meeting, he jotted... (full context)
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Six months later, Ronson accompanied Raquel and McGreevey to a meeting at Newark City Hall, where Raquel’s legal team successfully convinced prosecutors that... (full context)