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Richard Codey
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New Jersey State Senate District 27
In office
Term ends
January 10, 2014
Years in position 33
President, New Jersey State Senate
Minority Leader, New Jersey State Senate
Base salary$49,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 8, 2011
First elected1981
Next generalNovember 5, 2013
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
New Jersey General Assembly
Bachelor'sFairleigh Dickinson University, 1981
Date of birthNovember 27, 1946
Place of birthOrange, NJ
ProfessionBusiness executive
Office website
Campaign website
Richard 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 from a long stretch from November 15, 2004 to January 17, 2006 after Governor James E. McGreevey resigned from office midterm.

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


Cody graduated with a B.A. in Education from Fairleigh Dickinson University in 1981.[1][2] He is the President of Olympic Insurance Agency and a former educator.[3]


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


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

  • Legislative Services Commission



See also: New Jersey State Senate elections, 2013

Codey ran in the 2013 election for New Jersey State Senate District 27. Codey was unopposed in the June 4 Democratic primary and is challenged by Lee S. Holtzman (R) in the general election which takes place on November 5, 2013.[5][6]

See also: New Jersey gubernatorial and lieutenant gubernatorial election, 2013

Codey briefly considered running for Governor of New Jersey in 2013.[7] 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.[8] “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.[9]


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) and Joseph Scafa (I) in the general election which took place on November 8, 2011. [10]

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



According to WNYC, New York Public Radio, 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. Democrats typically suffer lower voter turnout that Republicans, so the district may be in play in 2011. Codey has expressed confidence in his re-election, but accuses Democratic leadership of deliberately weakening his district.[11]


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. [12]

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


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.[13]

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


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.[14]

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


In 2011, Codey received $1,730,075 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.[15]

New Jersey State Senate 2011 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Richard Codey's campaign in 2011
New Jersey Regional Council Of Carpenters$9,000
1199 Seiu United Healthcare Workers East$8,200
Communications Workers New Jersey$8,200
New Jersey Education Association$8,200
New Jersey Thoroughbred Horsemens Association$8,200
Total Raised in 2011 $1,730,075
Total Votes received in 2011 27,089
Cost of each vote received $63.87

District 27 ranked third in fundraising

As of October 25, candidates for District 27 raised $2,596,811--according to the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission. This made District 27 number three in fundraising for the 2011 election season.[16]


In 2007, Codey collected $2,071,020 in donations.[17]

Listed below are the five largest contributors to his campaign.

Donor Amount
New Jersey Business & Industry Association $19,000
Operating Engineers Local 825 $12,400
NAIOP New Jersey Chapter $12,200
Building Contractors Association of New Jersey $11,700
Heavy & General Construction Laborers Local 472 $11,200



Labor unions

Codey was endorsed by:

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.[19]

District 27

Codey represents New Jersey Senate District 27, which includes township of Caldwell, New Jersey.[20]


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]


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

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  1. 1.0 1.1 National Governors Association, "New Jersey Governor Richard J. Codey"
  2. 2.0 2.1 New Jersey Legislature, "Senator Richard J. Codey (D)"
  3. Richard Codey at Project Vote Smart
  4. Fox News, "Democrats Join Calls for Napolitano to Step Down Following Failed Attack", January 1, 2010
  5. Essex County Unofficial Primary Results, June 4, 2013
  6. Morris County Unofficial Primary Results, June 4, 2013
  7. 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
  8., "Codey says he is still undecided about running for governor," January 1, 2013
  9. The Star-Leger, "Sen. Richard Codey says he won't run for governor after weighing a campaign," January 25, 2013
  10. New Jersey Department of State, 2011 Official State Senate Primary Candidate List
  11. WNYC, "NJ Redistricting Pits Longtime Political Heavyweight Against Newcomer," October 18, 2011
  12. New Jersey State Senate election results
  13. State of New Jersey, Department of State, "2003 Election Results"
  14. State of New Jersey, Department of State, "2001 Election Results"
  15. Follow the Money - 2011 contributions
  16. New Jersey ELEC, "News Release," November 3, 2011
  18. Politicker NJ, 2011 AFL-CIO endorsed candidates, accessed Aug. 5, 2011
  19., "10 Republicans endorse Richard Codey for state Senate," September 27, 2011
  20. New Jersey Senate Districts By Number
  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
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