TRENTON - New Jersey's gay ex-governor said he's turning down an offer to be a radio talk- show host.

Former Gov. James McGreevey said he won't entertain an offer from New Jersey 101.5 FM to host his own show.

McGreevey's tongue-in-cheek response to the politically controversial station: "Thanks for the gracious offer, but I don't want to destroy your image."

The offer came after a witness for McGreevey in his divorce trial described him as "radioactive" in the work world since a gay-sex scandal toppled his administration four years ago.

"Gov. McGreevey has claimed that he is 'unemployable' and the management of New Jersey 101.5 simply does not believe this to be true," the station said in written statement.

McGreevey, 50, has testified that he is too poor to pay his wife alimony and is borrowing from from boyfriend Mark O'Donnell to pay legal bills and other expenses.

Andy Santoro, chief operating officer at Millennium Radio New Jersey, insisted that the offer was legitimate and said McGreevey remains "one of the most intriguing political figures in New Jersey's history."

The station wouldn't say what it would have paid the former governor for his time on the air, but said it was willing to negotiate. *