NJ Republicans call for McGreevey's immediate resignation

State Republicans on Friday said Gov. JamesE. McGreevey should step aside immediately, one day after the governor revealed he had a gay extramarital affair and will resign in November.

Joe Kyrillos, chairman of the New Jersey Republican State Committee, called on McGreevey to "do the right thing" and step down right away. McGreevey on Thursday said he will resign Nov. 15.

McGreevey said the circumstances around his affair with a man and its effects on his family threatened to undermine his "ability to govern."

Kyrillos on Friday said rumors about the affair, as well his "suspicion that there will be more awkward stories in the days and weeks to come" prompted his call for McGreevey to quit immediately.

Senate President Richard J. Codey, a Democrat, will become acting governor and serve out the remainder of McGreevey's term, which ends in early 2006. If McGreevey were to leave office before Sept. 3, a special election would be held.

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