If Eliot Spitzer, the new governor of New York, had knowledge of his subordinates' actions to defame and destroy the majority leader of the New York Senate, then he must resign. He denies it; early reports The Monk read indicated that he did know about his lackeys' attempts to set the State Police on Joseph Bruno, leaking false intimations about the State Police's findings and attributing the investigation to a press inquiry that never existed.
In New Jersey, Spitzer would barely even have any fingers pointed at him. In New York, he can probably survive. But neither outcome would be possible if Spitzer were a Republican.