UNION CITY – When state Sen. Brian P. Stack (D-Union City)ceremonially kicked off the grand opening of Union City High School earlier today, he didn't forget to include an old friend, former Gov. James McGreevey.
"No one was a bigger advocate for Union City than Governor McGreevey and we should never forget that," Stack told the massive crowd, mobilized for a Stack-led walk-through of the massive$200 millionfacility on John F. Kennedy Boulevard, the first high school built in Union City in 90 years.
The Soaring Eagles' media center is named for McGreevey, who during his short tenure as governor helped secure funding for the fledgling school project through the Schools Facilities and Construction Act.
"From my heart," said the former governor, "Brian came into my office and it was just Brian and myself and he told me, 'My dream is to have a school as good as any school in the State of New Jersey, for the children of Union City.' You know, there are politicians who build monuments to themselves and then then there are those who build monuments to children."
The applause built.
"You'll never have a better mayor and a better advocate than Brian Stack, as strong and as powerful a leader as anyone, who didn't ask for politics and didn't ask for himself," McGreevey added. "He asked for the children of Union City."
The school features a state-of-the-art auditorium, rooftop football field, dance hall, world class gym, weight room and media center.
Gov. Jon Corzine appeared last month atanother ribbon-cutting ceremony for the project,an effort that has absorbed seven of Stack's nine years as mayor of Union City.