The mayor of a New Jersey town has resigned as part of a deal that settles a resident's lawsuit that claimed the official no longer lives in the community.
Willingboro Mayor Christopher Walker's decision to step down Friday came just days after he won a contested Democratic primary to seek another term on the township council. He will not seek re-election in November as part of the settlement and will also resign as a commissioner with Willingboro's municipal utilities authority.
The Philadelphia Inquirer reports the settlement was reached this week, one day before the suit was due to go to trial.
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The suit claimed Walker had moved out of his home and it went into foreclosure. Walker said he now lives at a different address in the town but decided to step down due to recent health problems.