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New Jersey's U.S. attorney resigns

Nov. 17, 2008 at 9:11 PM

NEWARK, N.J., Nov. 17 (UPI) -- U.S. Attorney Christopher Christie of New Jersey Monday announced his intention to resign Dec. 1.

Christie's resignation has fueled speculation that he will run for governor, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported.

Christie, a Republican, was appointed seven years ago by President George W. Bush. He resigned in a letter to U.S. Attorney General Michael Mukasey, the newspaper reported.

Among Republicans, Christie is seen as a possible contender to take on Democratic Gov. John Corzine.

No Republican has won a statewide office in New Jersey since former Gov. Christie Whitman was re-elected in 1997.

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