Judge to rule on New Jersey special gubernatorial election next week

US District Judge Garret E. Brown Jr. announced Wednesday that he plans to rule on whether New Jersey voters deserve a special election to replace Governor McGreevey by Tuesday or Wednesday of next week. The court heard arguments today in the suit filed by Princeton lawyers Bruce Afran and Carl Mayer, who contend that McGreevey officially vacated the office of governor on August 12, when he announced his homosexuality, his affair with a state employee, and his plan to resign November 15. Under New Jersey law, had McGreevey left office before Septemeber 3, the state would have held a special election on November 2. Afran and Mayer argue that, by staying in office beyond that deadline, McGreevey is denying voters their constitutional right to vote, but the state, which believes the case should be handled in state court, notes that McGreevey has not officially resigned by submitting a letter of resignation. Now that the deadline has passed, once McGreevey does resign, Senate President Richard J. Codey will serve as governor until the term ends in 2006. AP has more. Click here for background and news surrounding Governor McGreevey's resignation in JURIST's Paper Chase.

 

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