The commander of New Jersey's National Guard is resigning after being caught having a physical relationship with a woman who worked for him, state officials said.
Major General Glenn Rieth and the woman were spotted by another employee touching each other in Rieth's office, according to the officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity.
They said the married Rieth reported the incident to Governor Chris Christie and offered his resignation, effective December 15.
The governor confirmed the resignation but did not mention the circumstances. He thanked Rieth for his service.
"He did the right thing by stepping down to address this as a personal matter,” Christie said in a statement.
Rieth is a member of Christie's Cabinet as well as a friend of the governor's since childhood. He commanded the National Guard for nearly a decade after his appointment by Democratic Governor James McGreevey.