Codey talks about conversations with the White House and Corzine ending his run

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?

Comments (18)

  1. firstamend07

    Codey ,once again,shows that he is only about Codey.

    In Codey’s mind he still thinks he is Governor. If he had any guts he would have run against Corzine . But Codey wants things given to him. He somehow believes that people owe him something.

    Christie would have destroyed him because Christie would have exposed him as the phony he really is.

    Corzine is ten times the person Codey can ever hope to be.

    In a couple of months this guy will be put on the back bench of the Senate ,maybe given the assignment of chairing the agriculture committee so he can be closer to the manure.

    Codey is a king in his own eyes. The next call he ever gets from the White House will be a robocall.

    What a scum bag.        

  2. 12mileseastofTrenton

    I just wish the party bigwigs hadn’t pushed Codey out in ’05, and that Codey had challenged Corzine this time around.  But, given Corzine’s money, I understand.

  3. speedkillsu

    This is just one of the pieces of the puzzle how Christie won the election .Take a look at the time line here ,when CC realized that Corzine was being replaced that’s just about the time CC started losing his big lead …you think that was accidental ? CC wanted to run against Corzine NOT Booker or Codey ,the race tightens Corzine appears to be gaining ,he brings in the big guns ,which CC definitely wanted ,Here is a conservative ,with no plan (so people thought) he can’t reveal one,because he knows he’ll be picked apart ,,,so he runs on the quiet platform and just lets Corzine outspend him 3 to 1 and take pot shots at him ,which made him look like the underdog …I believe Christie had one of the best campaigns ever ,and he’s got the V to prove it ! …priceless  

  4. firstamend07

    It is all about him.

    What will he be doing when he is sitting in the Men’s room in the State House next session and not getting any attention?

    The guy is a backstabber. If he really wanted to be Governor then he should have ran for Governor.

    I hope he enjoys the next 8 weeks because he and his type are history. New blood is moving in and the State,and the Democratic Party, will be better off.

    Codey can go listen to the Boss sing “Glory Days”.  

  5. brendanod

    Codey never got over being sidelined by Corzine.  The GOB (good ol’ boy’s) always resented Corzine’s money and independence.  They never let him forget it.  The inabilty of the legislature to get along with Corzine was his biggest failure and was why many called him incompetent.  Codey can now stick that knife in Corzines back on the statehouse steps instead of in the back office (which is where he stuck it for the past 4 years).  Ironically, one of McGreevey’s many failures was his indebtedness to the legislature.  In both adminstrations, the self interests of the legislature handicapped the governor’s office.

    If two liberal democrats were handicapped by the back stabbing, self interests of the legislature, how is big boy going to get anything done???


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