In an interesting read, Senate President Dick Codey barely waited until the votes were counted before he started telling some of the back stories of the twists and turns in the Corzine campaign.
Codey said he got a call from the White House a week after Vice President Joe Biden appeared at Corzine’s poorly attended primary night kickoff rally in West Orange in June. “They wanted to talk about what’s going on with the governor’s race,” he said. “They would call me every week, every two weeks.”
By July, Codey said there was growing concern from the president’s advisers as Corzine’s polls declined even as he poured money into anti-Christie ads. It grew worse after 44 arrests on July 23 in a corruption and money-laundering case.
According to Codey, Corzine had thoughts of getting out of the race:
Corzine privately mused to the White House he was having second thoughts about continuing his campaign, Codey said.
“He was, mentally, as low as you can get,” Codey said of Corzine, even before July 23. “Then this … hit. It was understandable he was having a moment where he was saying ‘to hell with this.'”
Codey says the White House showed him internal polling that he held a lead over Christie and wanted to know if he’d run:
“I told Gaspard I was going to be seeing Mr. Corzine in Trenton. I told him I felt duty-bound in terms of being a gentleman to tell Corzine. I sat with Corzine. I told him what I knew. I said ‘as a friend, I just wanted you to know.’ I said ‘bottom line is you’re the decision-maker. You want out, just do me a favor let me know as soon as possible. If you’re going to stay in there, I’m with you.'”
“I did not hear back from the White House.”
Margolin’s story says the White House and Corzine campaign declined to comment, but that Senator Torricelli confirmed Codey’s account. A few things. The comments were made by Codey to Margolin just hours after Corzine conceded. What do you think of the story he’s telling? Also, what do you make of the fact that he’s telling it in such detail and so soon?