New Jersey lawmakers split on McGreevey's resignation

(08/12/04) TRENTON - Governor Jim McGreevey (D-NJ) shocked residents Thursday by announcing he was "a gay American" and resigning as governor of New Jersey. State lawmakers are split on the governor's decision to step down.

Some state Republicans feel McGreevey should not be waiting until November 15 to resign. They say the role of governor is too important in New Jersey to have the person in charge being distracted by personal issues.

Democrats, on the other hand, are giving McGreevey their support on the matter. Some state Democrats say they see no reason why McGreevey's sexual orientation would negatively affect his ability to run the state.

No matter what side lawmakers are taking, many agreed that this is a difficult time for McGreevey and his family.

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