New Jersey Governor

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

New Jersey Republicans are urging Gov. James McGreevey to resign immediately rather than wait until mid-November.

McGreevey announced Thursday he would step down after revealing he had an extramarital affair with a man. There are reports the affair involved an Israeli poet who worked briefly as McGreevey's aide on terror even though he had no experience in security.

Republican State Committee chairman Joe Kyrillos says he anticipates there will be more awkward stories in the days and weeks ahead and urges McGreevey to "resign now."

A spokeswoman for the Democratic governor responds, "it's absurd to think you can hand over the reins in just days."

She says the Republicans "are playing politics" with the issue.

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