Judge dismisses lawsuit seeking special New Jersey governor election
(09/15/04) TRENTON A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit seeking a special election to replace Governor Jim McGreevey (D-NJ).
The lawsuit, which claimed McGreevey had effectively created a vacancy after announcing his resignation, was dismissed Wednesday by Judge Garrett E. Brown Jr. Brown stated in his ruling that there was no vacancy since McGreevey was still performing his duties. McGreevey will leave office on November 15 and will be succeeded by Senate President Richard Codey (D).
The governor announced his resignation on August 12 and also admitted having an extramarital affair with a man. Reports indicated the affair McGreevey spoke of was with his former homeland security advisor Golan Cipel.
Cipel has denied allegations of the affair and claims he is not gay. However, the former aide does claim to have been sexually harassed by McGreevey.
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