NJ Governor McGreevey resigns, effective midnight

NJ Governor McGreevey resigns, effective midnight

[JURIST] New Jersey Governor James McGreevey submitted his letter of resignation on Monday. The letter simply reads, "Dear Madam Secretary, I resign effective 11:59 p.m. on Monday, November 15, 2004." Aides reported that McGreevey's last day in office was expected to be quiet. The governor is not expecting to grant pardons or conduct other state business. McGreevey publicly announced in August that he was gay, and that he intended to resign with 14 months still left in his term. Because New Jersey is one of only eight states without a Lieutenant Governor position, state Senate President Richard Codey will assume the role of governor. Codey will thus wield both substantial legislative and executive power. AP has more.