Codey’s running for Governor

Star Ledger photo

Star Ledger photo

Former Acting Governor Richard Codey’s media stunt guised as an undercover investigation into the plight of homeless men in Newark is a sure sign that the author/insurance salesman/funeral director/legislator will be a candidate for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination next year.

Codey’s investigation was so “undercover” that he invited The Star Ledger to photograph him getting made up for his 9PM visit to Newark’s Goodwill Mission last night.   Codey appeared on Good Day New York and the John Gambling radio show this morning to get free media talk about the findings of his investigation.  Those TV and radio producers move fast!

Codey tweeted about his appearances and make up this morning.

Codey’s investigation revealed that homeless men are turned away from shelters if they are not on welfare.  If they are on welfare, they have to turn over their checks if they want to spend the night.  Codey is not on welfare.  He should have offered his watch.

While Codey’s stunt will do more for his political prospects than for Newark’s homeless, he did prove that he doesn’t need the taxpayer funded security detail he was enjoying before Governor Christie canceled it last December.

Posted: March 7th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: 2013 Gubernatorial Politics | Tags: , , , , , , , , | 10 Comments »

10 Comments on “Codey’s running for Governor”

  1. Barry said at 1:42 pm on March 7th, 2012:

    I presume these are County or City facilities. Is Codey’s aim in this stunt to embarass the Newark Mayor?

  2. ArtGallagher said at 3:23 pm on March 7th, 2012:

    I think not, Barry. Booker was in on it, according to the NJ.com piece.

  3. Rick Ambrosia said at 3:54 pm on March 7th, 2012:

    The other possibility is that he really wanted to see first hand what it was like so that he could do something to change it. But then, that wouldn’t fit in with your theory.

  4. ArtGallagher said at 4:04 pm on March 7th, 2012:

    Come on Rick! He could have done that without the press present for his get up or the TV and radio appearances less than 12 hours later.

    How about some hidden video from inside the shelter. How about a shot of the gatekeeper turning him away because he can’t show he’s not in the welfare system.

    The news is all about him, not about the plight of the homeless and what he or anyone else is doing about it: http://news.google.com/news/story?pz=1&cf=all&ned=us&hl=en&q=richard+codey+nj&ncl=d1VgaIJfYAytbiMAigwqdFnW-a4AM

    Codey is a smart guy and knows how to spin a story. This story was not about the homeless. It was about getting attention for Dick Codey.

  5. Rick Ambrosia said at 7:39 pm on March 7th, 2012:

    I don’t know Art…I would think you would want the publicity just to expose the wrongs that happen. But, I certainly don’t expect any republican to think other than the way you are thinking. Maybe, just maybe, not everything is politically motivated. At least, I would still like to thnk that way. Maybe on your side of the aisle it still is. But again, I would still like to think that way…even about the republicans. I guess I’m just too damn naive.

  6. Homeless Codey | Save Jersey said at 8:39 pm on March 7th, 2012:

    […] Gallagher over at MMM believes it’s a sure sign he’s running against Christie in 2013. I’m not convinced just yet… his buddy Barb Buono is likely running, too, and two […]

  7. Joe said at 9:52 pm on March 7th, 2012:

    He’s wearing a disguise?

  8. TR said at 10:05 am on March 8th, 2012:

    That will be an interesting primary.
    Cody v. Sweeney

  9. clz59 said at 11:15 am on March 8th, 2012:

    Is he trying to elicit sympathy for the homeless? I dont think most people are going to be concerned when they are trying to hold onto their jobs. He is way off base with this one.

  10. Name (required) said at 12:09 pm on March 8th, 2012:

    more like trick n’ treating