Federal judge in Trenton hears special election case to fill McGreevey's position

A federal judge in Trenton heard arguments Wednesday on a lawsuit against Governor McGreevey (D-NJ), brought by a pair of Princeton lawyers.

The lawyers claim that by announcing his resignation the governor, in essence, has already created a vacancy. They argued that the vacancy should be filled by a special election.

Assistant Attorney General Stefanie Brand, who argued against the special election, says a special election is only appropriate when there is a vacancy in the governorship. She says until there is a written letter of resignation by the Governor, there is no vacancy under the New Jersey Constitution.

One of the Princeton attorneys argued that a formal letter of resignation would be superfluous. He went on to say that McGreevey has written two articles in his own hand, which were published in two large national papers, stating he is resigning November 15, 2004.

The judge will decide on whether to have a special election or not next week.

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