Codey not running for Governor

Buono likely to be unopposed for Dem nomination

Former Acting Governror Richard Codey told The Star Ledger that he will not seek to Democratic nomination for Governor, saying that a statewide campaign would be too much on his family life.

“After talking with my family, friends and other advisors and weighing the impact of a campaign on my family life, I have decided not to seek the nomination,” Codey said. “I want to thank my friends and supporters throughout the state who encouraged me to run and provided counsel during this process.”

Codey said he would seek reelection to the State Senate.

PolitickerNJ reports that Senate President Steve Sweeney’s is still mulling entering the gubernatorial fray and that his decision will be announced by the end of this month.

A Democratic source familiar with Sweeney’s thinking told MoreMonmouthMusings that Sweeney will not be a candidate.

That will leave State Senator Barbara Buono, who declared her candidacy in early December, as the likely nominee to attempt to deny Governor Chris Christie a second term.

In a Quinnipiac poll published on Wednesday,  68% of New Jersey voters said that Christie deserves a second term.  Christie beats Buono 63%-22% and Sweeney by 61%-25%.  Only Codey, who finished Governor Jim McGreevey’s term as governor, would keep Christie under 60%, losing 59%-28%.

Posted: January 25th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: 2013 Gubernatorial Politics, Barbara Buono, Chris Christie, Richard Codey, Stephen Sweeney | Tags: , , , | 4 Comments »

4 Comments on “Codey not running for Governor”

  1. bill said at 1:39 pm on January 25th, 2013:

    time for democratic to rally around barbara buono.and buono will wim om the issues.and under the great leadership of vin look for the county demoratic party to have great candidate.it going to be a good nov.

  2. Bill, You Have GOT To Be Smoking Something said at 2:05 pm on January 25th, 2013:

    The first clue was your grammar and spelling. Secondly, I nearly spit up my breakfast when you said “great leadership.”

    And so it begins, the Democrat Lies of 2013

  3. brian said at 2:20 pm on January 25th, 2013:

    bill is showing off his public school edumacation—thanks Edumafia…………..

  4. Luck said at 11:59 am on January 26th, 2013:

    Has shone on the Gov. So far. I will be happy if we don’t just have success at the top,and no plan to take some assembly and senate seats, and finally get a majority in a house. With no coordinated effort from the top, it remains every candidate for them self. Separate, duplicative efforts waste time , resources, and precious and hard to come-by campaign dollars. In our zeal to “reform” campaigning, we have encouraged just that. The voters get sick of the droning on and same old,same old, with little understanding of why we may be better than the other guy, so they turn off and stay home.