State Senate President Richard Codey took the oath of office Sunday as New Jersey's acting governor, a role he will assume Tuesday once Gov. James E. McGreevey's resignation becomes official.
The transfer of power caps a transition period that began with McGreevey's disclosure in August that he would resign because of a gay sex scandal.
In deference to the circumstances of McGreevey's departure, Codey, 57, a Democrat, opted for a private swearing-in ceremony, aides said.
The event at his West Orange home was closed to the public.
"I'm looking forward to governing and bringing back calm, peace and a sense of harmony to the State of New Jersey," he said outside his home minutes after the brief ceremony.
McGreevey's announcement that he had an extramarital affair with a man and would resign threw the state's executive branch into turmoil and put Codey in line to assume the governor's job with 14 months left in McGreevey's term.