Richard Codey

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Richard Codey
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New Jersey State Senate District 27
Incumbent
In office
1982-Present
Term ends
January 9, 2018
Years in position 32
PartyDemocratic
Leadership
President, New Jersey State Senate
2004-2009
Minority Leader, New Jersey State Senate
1998-2001
Compensation
Base salary$49,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 5, 2013
First elected1981
Next generalNovember 7, 2017
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
New Jersey General Assembly
1974-1981
Education
Bachelor'sFairleigh Dickinson University, 1981
Personal
BirthdayNovember 27, 1946
Place of birthOrange, NJ
ProfessionBusiness executive
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
CandidateVerification
Richard J. Codey (b. November 27, 1946) is a Democratic member of the New Jersey Senate, representing District 27. He was first elected to the chamber in 1981.

He was President of the Senate from 2002 to 2003 and from 2004 to 2009. During that time he served as Acting Governor on multiple occasions, including a long stretch from November 15, 2004 to January 17, 2006 after Governor James E. McGreevey resigned from office before his term expired.

Codey served in the New Jersey General Assembly from 1974 to 1981.[1][2]

Biography

Cody earned his B.A. in Education from Fairleigh Dickinson University in 1981.[1][2] His professional experience includes serving as the president of Olympic Insurance Agency and a former educator.[3]

Issues

Janet Napolitano resignation

In the wake of the December 25, 2009 Christmas Day Bombing episode, several Republicans called for the resignation of Janet Napolitano. Codey was one of the first Democrats to join those asking for her to resign from her position as Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security. He said, "We should have someone who doesn't need to go in there and learn about terrorism, learn about security. How close were these 300 people on this plane from losing their lives because homeland security broke down? Boy, it was really close."[4]

Committee assignments

2014-2015

At the beginning of the 2014 legislative session, Codey served on the following committees:

New Jersey Committee Assignments, 2014
Economic Growth
Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens

2010-2011

In the 2010-2011 legislative session, Codey served on these committees:

  • Legislative Services Commission

Elections

2013

See also: New Jersey State Senate elections, 2013

Codey won re-election in the 2013 election for New Jersey State Senate District 27. Codey was unopposed in the June 4 Democratic primary and defeated Lee S. Holtzman (R) in the general election on November 5, 2013.[5][6][7][8]

New Jersey State Senate, District 27 General Election, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngRichard Codey Incumbent 59.3% 34,291
     Republican Lee S. Holtzman 40.7% 23,581
Total Votes 57,872
See also: New Jersey gubernatorial and lieutenant gubernatorial election, 2013

Codey briefly considered running for Governor of New Jersey in 2013.[9] After failing to meet his own January 1, 2013 announcement deadline, Codey's final decision about the race arrived on Jan. 25, when he told The Star-Leger that he decided against burdening his family with the adverse pressures of a gubernatorial campaign.[10] “I will enthusiastically back whomever the nominee is and do all that I can in support," Codey said, followed by a statement of intention to seek re-election to the State Senate this year.[11]

2011

See also: New Jersey State Senate elections, 2011

Codey won re-election to the District 27 State Senate seat in 2011. He ran unopposed in the June 7 Democratic primary election. Codey defeated William Eames (R) in the general election which took place on November 8, 2011.[12]

New Jersey State Senate District 27 General Election, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngRichard Codey Incumbent 61.8% 27,089
     Republican William Eames 38.2% 16,741
Total Votes 43,830

Speculation

WNYC

2011

According to WNYC, New York Public Radio, the radio station thought that Codey could face a significant threat from challenger William Eames (R). Due to redistricting, District 27 added Republican-leaning areas in Morris County. District 27's Democratic voter registration advantage dropped from 40,779 in 2009 to 21,339 after redistricting. Codey expressed confidence in his re-election and accused Democratic leadership of deliberately weakening his district.[13]

2007

See also: New Jersey State Senate elections, 2007

In 2007, Codey was re-elected to the New Jersey State Senate District 27. Codey (D) finished with 23,631 votes and was followed by Joseph Fischer (R) with 6,358 votes. Codey raised $2,071,020 for his campaign fund.[14]

New Jersey Senate 2007 General Election, District 27 (2007)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Richard Codey (D) 23,631
Joseph Fischer (R) 6,368

2003

See also: New Jersey State Senate elections, 2003

In 2003, Codey was re-elected to the New Jersey State Senate District 27. Codey (D) finished with 17,220 votes and was followed by Bobbi Joan Bennett (R) with 8,958 votes.[15]

New Jersey Senate 2003 General Election, District 27 (2003)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Richard Codey (D) 17,220
Bobbi Joan Bennett (R) 8,958

2001

See also: New Jersey State Senate elections, 2001

In 2001, Codey was re-elected to the New Jersey State Senate District 27. Codey (D) finished with 35,237 votes and was followed by Jared Silverman (R) with 17,871 votes and Donald Page (I) with 1,359 votes.[16]

New Jersey Senate 2001 General Election, District 27 (2001)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Richard Codey (D) 35,237
Jared Silverman (R) 17,871
Donald Page (I) 1,359

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Codey is available dating back to 1997. Based on available campaign finance records, Codey raised a total of $8,706,635 during that time period. This information was last updated on August 13, 2013.[17]

Richard Codey's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2011 New Jersey State Senate, District 27 Won $1,730,075
2009 New Jersey State Senate, District 27 Not up for election $1,933,136
2007 New Jersey State Senate, District 27 Won $2,071,020
2005 New Jersey State Senate, District 27 Not up for election $1,112,150
2003 New Jersey State Senate, District 27 Won $766,725
2001 New Jersey State Senate, District 27 Won $934,029
1997 New Jersey State Senate, District 27 Won $159,500
Grand Total Raised $8,706,635

2011

Codey won re-election to the New Jersey State Senate in 2011. During that election cycle, Codey raised a total of $1,730,075.

2009

Codey was not up for election to the New Jersey State Senate in 2009. During that election cycle, Codey raised a total of $1,933,136.

2007

Codey won re-election to the New Jersey State Senate in 2007. During that election cycle, Codey raised a total of $2,071,020.

2005

Codey was not up for election to the New Jersey State Senate in 2005. During that election cycle, Codey raised a total of $1,112,150.

2003

Codey won re-election to the New Jersey State Senate in 2003. During that election cycle, Codey raised a total of $766,725.

2001

Codey won re-election to the New Jersey State Senate in 2001. During that election cycle, Codey raised a total of $934,029.

1997

Codey won re-election to the New Jersey State Senate in 1997. During that election cycle, Codey raised a total of $159,500.

Endorsements

2013

In 2013, Codey’s endorsements included the following:[18]

  • The New Jersey AFL-CIO

2011

Labor unions

In 2011, Codey’s endorsements included the following:[19]

Cross-party endorsements

On September 27, 2011, Codey announced endorsements from 10 Republicans in his new district. Notably, Codey was endorsed by the Republican mayors of Hanover, Florham Park and Essex Fells.[20]

Awards

In 2006, Governing magazine named Codey as one of nine "Public Officials of the Year" for his accomplishments as acting governor following Governor Jim McGreevey's resignation.[21] Other honorees included Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour. Each year since 1994, Governing has selected a handful of state and local officials to honor for standout job performance. The Public Officials of the Year program "recognizes leaders from state, city and county government who exemplify the ideals of public service."[22]

Personal

Codey and his wife, Mary Jo, have two children. They currently reside in Roseland, New Jersey.

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References

  1. 1.0 1.1 National Governors Association, "New Jersey Governor Richard J. Codey," accessed April 10, 2014
  2. 2.0 2.1 New Jersey Legislature, "Senator Richard J. Codey (D)," accessed April 10, 2014
  3. Project Vote Smart, "Biography," accessed April 10, 2014
  4. Fox News, "Democrats Join Calls for Napolitano to Step Down Following Failed Attack," January 1, 2010
  5. New Jersey Department of State, "Official Primary Election Results," accessed July 26, 2013
  6. New Jersey Department of State, "Official general election candidates," September 9, 2013
  7. Associated Press, "New Jersey - Summary Vote Results," November 6, 2013
  8. New Jersey Department of State, "2013 Official General Election results," accessed December 5, 2013
  9. Quinnipiac University, "Booker Is Strongest Dem To Face Christie, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Voters Say Show Me The Money Before Tax Cut Vote," October 17, 2012
  10. NJ.com, "Codey says he is still undecided about running for governor," January 1, 2013
  11. The Star-Leger, "Sen. Richard Codey says he won't run for governor after weighing a campaign," accessed January 25, 2013
  12. New Jersey Department of State, "2011 Official State Senate Primary Candidate List," accessed April 10, 2014
  13. WNYC, "NJ Redistricting Pits Longtime Political Heavyweight Against Newcomer," October 18, 2011
  14. Follow the Money, "New Jersey State Senate 2007 general election results," accessed April 10, 2014
  15. New Jersey Department of State, "2003 Election Results," accessed April 10, 2014
  16. New Jersey Department of State, "2001 Election Results," accessed April 10, 2014
  17. followthemoney.org, "Codey, Richard" accessed August 13, 2013
  18. PolitickerNJ.com, "AFL-CIO endorses candidates for elections," accessed September 4, 2013
  19. Politicker NJ, 2011 AFL-CIO endorsed candidates, accessed Aug. 5, 2011
  20. NJ.com, "10 Republicans endorse Richard Codey for state Senate," September 27, 2011
  21. Richard Codey, Governing, "Everyman’s Executive: Restoring public confidence in the wake of a scandal," 2006
  22. Governing, "GOVERNING Announces 2012 Public Officials of the Year," October 19, 2012
Political offices
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New Jersey State Senate District 27
1982–present
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