PNJ Reports Codey Not Running for Governor

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UPDATE: Apparently Dick Codey’s office sent out a missive confirming he’s not running.

UPDATE: Codey’s full statement is here.

UPDATE: Buono’s full statement is here.

Well, PolitickerNJ is reporting that the field has cleared a bit for Barbara Buono as their sources say Dick Codey will not be running.  Codey was governor after Jim McGreevey resigned, and declined to run for election after Jon Corzine flooded the field with cash.

Two sources with knowledge of former Gov. Dick Codey’s intentions told PolitickerNJ the Essex County senator will not run for governor. Codey began informing high-ranking Democrats this morning.

PNJ also says that Steve Sweeney is still considering running, but other than that it looks like smooth sailing for Senator Buono.

Comments (13)

  1. Bertin Lefkovic

    …is still a possibility, but an unlikely one.  I would also be surprised if Sweeney decides to run.  The risk is far too great for him.  If Buono doesn’t win in November, Sweeney will run in 2017.

    I know that it is too early to be talking about 2014, but if Buono doesn’t beat Christie, but loses by less than five percentage points, I think that she should seriously consider running for the Senate in 2014.

    She had the guts to run for Governor instead of running for re-election to a safe State Senate seat.  Compared to Cory Booker’s cowardice and LeBron Jamesesque game-playing last year, that kind of gutsiness should be rewarded, not punished.

  2. vmars

    If Sweeney really is the only other possible choice then Codey’s non-endorsement is a slap at Barbara Buono.  It feels like an admission Codey thinks whoever wins will be a sacrificial lamb, and so not only doesn’t want to run but doesn’t want to waste any political capital with an endorsement.

    Kind of sad, really.

  3. 12mileseastofTrenton

    Time to rally around Buono.

  4. Hopeful

    It’s sad he never decides to take the plunge.

  5. ken bank

    What does Codey think, that we’re stupid? He says his decision was “personal” because of a second funeral home he just purchased. That’s BS, plain and simple. He’s known about the funeral home for weeks, months, whatever. What does he take us for? Instead of going through all this posing and posturing and seeing his name in print which, let’s face it, otherwise he’s politically irrelevant and a nonentity, he could have just decided first if he wanted the job, and then go about the logistics. Instead he put the cart before the horse, and made everybody else wait on him to make up his mind.

    As to Sweeney, he’s another one that likes to play games while making everybody else pay attention. He was waiting on Codey because that would mean a three way race which would split the progressive vote and give Sweeney enough votes from South Jersey to win a plurality. Now he’s waiting on Pascrell for the same reason. If Pascrell is out, Sweeney is out because he cannot hope to beat Buono one-on-one. Progressive and public sector voters will give Buono a huge victory, and Sweeney knows that.

    Quite frankly, the best campaign assets Barbara Buono has are Codey, Sweeney and Pascrell. Those three dinosaurs make Buono look young, energetic and independent. That’s what New Jersey Democrats need right now.


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