New Jersey governor resigns, makes surprising confession

| 8/13/2004

New Jersey Gov. James McGreevey announced his resignation Thursday and acknowledged that he had an extramarital affair with another man.

McGreevey, 47, said during a press conference at the Capitol in Trenton that he is a “gay American.” The Democrat said his resignation would be effective Nov. 15, a year before his term ends.

Senate President Richard J. Codey is next in succession to step in as governor. An Essex County Democrat, Codey has served in the Legislature since 1974. New Jersey doesn’t have a lieutenant governor.

The Express-Times of Easton, PA, reported that McGreevey’s resignation came amid allegations that he placed an alleged lover on the state payroll, hid it from his family and the public, and then chose to step aside only because he was being threatened with a sexual harassment suit.