(CNN) – Former New Jersey Gov. Jim McGreevey said the "decency of the American people" is often ahead of political action while speaking about same-sex marriage during an interview on CNN's "In the Arena" Monday.
Though most elected officials "started in the same place – a marriage is between a man and a woman," McGreevey said politicians "understand that they're moving inevitably, catching up to the American public."
Included in that group of "politicians" are President Barack Obama and current New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who has been outspoken about pursuing civil unions over same-sex marriage in his state.
"I think 10 years ago what Gov. Christie said was the norm by Democrats and Republicans and I think that will change," McGreevey said. "I think Gov. Christie, or whoever's governor across this nation, they will catch up with the decency of the American public."
And of President Obama, the former governor stated in a reference to the first lady, "If only he would listen to Michelle more often." The president stopped short of using the term "marriage" while endorsing equal rights for same-sex couples at a fundraiser late Thursday, but affirmed, "I believe that gay couples deserve the same legal rights as every couple in this country."
Now that the state of New York has legalized same-sex marriage, McGreevey admitted that he, too, is tempted to get married - but will wait until it is legal in his home state.
"When it comes to New Jersey, which, I believe that inevitably it will, I think that time will come," he said.
McGreevey resigned halfway through his term as governor amid scandal in 2004 when he admitted to having an affair with a male aide while married. At the time, McGreevey stated, "My truth is that I am a gay American."
Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed his state's marriage equality bill into law Saturday after it passed the Republican-controlled state Senate late Friday. New York is the sixth state to legalize same-sex marriage.
CNN's "In the Arena" airs weeknights at 8 p.m. ET.