McGreevey submits his letter of resignation

Gov. James E. McGreevey on Monday submittedhis letter of resignation, ending a tenure doomed since his shocking disclosure he had engaged in a gay, extramarital affair.

McGreeveys resignation is effective at midnight Monday. The one-sentence letter, signed by the governor, was filed with Secretary of State Regina Thomas. It says, "Dear Madam Secretary, I resign effective 11:59 p.m. on Monday, November 15, 2004. Sincerely, James E. McGreevey."

Thomas' office received the letter from a member of the governor's legal staff at 9:15 a.m.

Thomas also released Monday a signed version of the ceremonial oath of office taken the day before by McGreevey's replacement, Senate President Richard Codey. Codey takes over as acting governor once McGreevey officially has left the job.

A spokeswoman for McGreevey said the governor planned to spend his last day with his family away from the Statehouse but would remain available for any business that needed hisattention.

Related storyMcGreevey set to officially resign from Governors office Monday at midnight

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