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January 28, 2013 | By Joelle Farrell, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
TRENTON - State Sen. Richard J. Codey would rather focus on his family-owned funeral business than run in November against Gov. Christie, the Essex County Democrat said Friday. Despite weeks of speculation and a trip to Washington to woo big donors, Codey decided to scrap a campaign after his youngest son, Chris, said he would like to go into the family business and asked Codey to forgo the gubernatorial race. "That was hard to overcome," Codey said Friday. His family has owned a funeral business in Essex County since 1911.
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October 14, 2004 | By Cynthia Burton INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Senate President Richard J. Codey said yesterday that he would turn away campaign contributions from some state vendors to campaign accounts that he controls during the 14 months he serves as the state's acting governor. Under the state constitution, Codey would serve as Senate president and acting governor after Gov. McGreevey resigns Nov. 15. As governor, Codey would be prohibited by a recent McGreevey executive order from accepting campaign contributions from some state vendors.
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March 7, 2006 | By Kaitlin Gurney INQUIRER TRENTON BUREAU
You know what they say about the third time. His first two bills to fund stem-cell research may have died in the Legislature, but Senate President Richard J. Codey is convinced his latest proposal to encourage the experimental biological research will become law. Gov. Corzine and Assembly leaders have pledged support for the plan to build a New Brunswick facility for the fledgling Stem Cell Institute of New Jersey, Codey said yesterday....
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May 29, 2011 | By Monica Yant Kinney, Inquirer Columnist
I can't prove it, but I'm almost certain there has never been a political memoir before that contains both juvenile fart jokes and enlightened admissions about mental illness ravaging a family. Then again, there has probably never been a politician like New Jersey's Richard J. "Dick" Codey, who dreamed of calling his book McGreevey's Gay and I'm the New Governor , but ultimately ceded creative ground to publishing pros who preferred Me, Governor? My Life in the Rough-and-Tumble World of New Jersey Politics . The book, written with my former colleague Stephen Seplow, features a cover photo of a shrugging Codey wearing tan chinos, a snug-around-the-belly button-down, and a navy blazer.
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November 7, 2007 | By Maria Panaritis INQUIRER TRENTON BUREAU
In a stunning blow to Gov. Corzine's plan to turn New Jersey into a national leader in biomedical research, voters yesterday refused to approve $450 million in grants for stem-cell research. Voters also defeated a measure favored by the Democratically controlled Legislature to set aside a half-cent of last year's penny sales-tax increase for property-tax relief. It was the first time in 17 years that Garden State voters defeated ballot initiatives. Election returns remained incomplete late last night but observers said the apparent defeat of both measures appeared linked to voter fatigue with the fiscal woes of one of the most heavily taxed states in America.
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April 30, 2007 | By Jeff Shields INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Gov. Corzine will be released from the hospital this afternoon, 18 days after he was critically injured in an auto accident, a spokesman said last night. Corzine had predicted last week he would be out on Tuesday or Wednesday; doctors had said today would be his earliest release date. Legislators who visited him last week marveled at his robust condition. On Saturday Corzine, who broke his left thighbone, breastbone, collarbone and 11 ribs, graduated from a walker to forearm crutches - "an amazing step for someone with his injuries," his spokesman Anthony Coley said.
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June 25, 1999 | By Tom Turcol, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Former U.S. Sen. Bill Bradley, trying to defuse suggestions that Vice President Gore is a threat to him in Bradley's home state, yesterday released the names of nearly 100 elected officials who support his presidential campaign. While several key Democrats agreed to endorse Bradley, prominent party figures from some of New Jersey's major Democratic counties - including Hudson, Bergen, Union and Mercer - were absent from the list, a result largely of the strong ties that President Clinton and Gore have forged in New Jersey in the last seven years.
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June 8, 2014 | By Clark Mindock, Inquirer Staff Writer
Families worried about mentally unstable loved ones hurting themselves or others would be able to seek a court order to temporarily take firearms away under a bill introduced Thursday in the New Jersey Senate. "Families or a close friend are those who know best if someone has reached that point where they are mentally ill and violently prone," said Sen. Richard Codey (D., Essex), who introduced the bill. The proposal for a "gun violence restraining order" comes after six people were killed last month in California by Elliot Rodger, 22, who then fatally shot himself.
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November 16, 2004 | By Tom Turcol INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Republican Douglas Forrester fired the opening salvo yesterday in the 2005 New Jersey governor's race, launching a $1 million ad campaign that skewers the scandal-tarred Democrats while delivering a warning shot to his GOP rivals. In the earliest ads ever to run in a gubernatorial contest in the state, Forrester takes aim at "the conga line of waste and corruption" in Trenton and proclaims himself "the conservative businessman who will take a big broom and sweep it clean. " The commercials will begin airing today - seven months before the June primary - and continue for at least three weeks in the New York and Philadelphia markets, as well as on cable TV in New Jersey.
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June 8, 2014 | By Clark Mindock, Inquirer Staff Writer
Families worried about mentally unstable loved ones hurting themselves or others would be able to seek a court order to temporarily take firearms away under a bill introduced Thursday in the New Jersey Senate. "Families or a close friend are those who know best if someone has reached that point where they are mentally ill and violently prone," said Sen. Richard Codey (D., Essex), who introduced the bill. The proposal for a "gun violence restraining order" comes after six people were killed last month in California by Elliot Rodger, 22, who then fatally shot himself.
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June 26, 2013 | By Jane M. Von Bergen, Inquirer Staff Writer
Former drug dealer Micah Khan, 33, of Camden, went to Trenton on Monday to make another kind of sale. A single father who struggled to get a job when he got out of prison in 2007, Khan wanted to sell New Jersey lawmakers on the importance of proposed legislation that would help people with a background like his find work. "This is a lifesaving bill because it brings hope," he said at a Senate Labor Committee hearing, squeezed in before the end-of-the-session budget sprint toward recess began in earnest Monday afternoon.
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January 28, 2013 | By Joelle Farrell, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
TRENTON - State Sen. Richard J. Codey would rather focus on his family-owned funeral business than run in November against Gov. Christie, the Essex County Democrat said Friday. Despite weeks of speculation and a trip to Washington to woo big donors, Codey decided to scrap a campaign after his youngest son, Chris, said he would like to go into the family business and asked Codey to forgo the gubernatorial race. "That was hard to overcome," Codey said Friday. His family has owned a funeral business in Essex County since 1911.
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January 21, 2013 | Matt Katz, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
TRENTON - The Booker Watch is so 2012. We're now on the Codey Watch. After Democratic Newark Mayor Cory Booker opted to pursue the U.S. Senate in 2014 instead of Republican Gov. Christie's seat this November, many Democrats turned to a familiar name who already has "governor" on his resumé: State Sen. Richard Codey of Essex County. Codey is actively pursuing/considering/flirting with a run against Christie. He's headed to Washington on Tuesday to meet with big union leaders and the Democratic Governors Association to ask for guarantees on serious cash ($30 million)
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May 29, 2011 | By Monica Yant Kinney, Inquirer Columnist
I can't prove it, but I'm almost certain there has never been a political memoir before that contains both juvenile fart jokes and enlightened admissions about mental illness ravaging a family. Then again, there has probably never been a politician like New Jersey's Richard J. "Dick" Codey, who dreamed of calling his book McGreevey's Gay and I'm the New Governor , but ultimately ceded creative ground to publishing pros who preferred Me, Governor? My Life in the Rough-and-Tumble World of New Jersey Politics . The book, written with my former colleague Stephen Seplow, features a cover photo of a shrugging Codey wearing tan chinos, a snug-around-the-belly button-down, and a navy blazer.
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January 3, 2010 | By Jonathan Tamari INQUIRER TRENTON BUREAU
This promises to be a year of change in New Jersey government and politics. By the end of January, the state will have a new governor, a new Senate president, and a new Assembly speaker - the first time since 2002 that the three most powerful positions in state government all will have changed hands. The newcomers bring different backgrounds, policy leanings, and political alliances, and a new dynamic. Gov.-elect Christopher J. Christie has promised to cut taxes and spending, in sharp contrast to Gov. Corzine, who focused on preserving social programs for the needy.
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December 10, 2008 | By Jonathan Tamari INQUIRER TRENTON BUREAU
State Senate President Richard J. Codey said yesterday the Senate would advance ethics reforms early next year, but he suggested changes to Gov. Corzine's sweeping September proposal were likely. Codey, an Essex County Democrat, said lawmakers and the administration were working on a compromise that would move forward "the guts" of the governor's plan. But he said not everything Corzine proposed would be approved. "Over the last month or so there's been a lot of discussion between the houses of the Legislature and the governor on the bills to hopefully come to an agreement on what they should look like as they go forward," Codey said in Woodbridge, where Corzine and Democratic and Republican leaders gathered for the New Jersey Business and Industry Association's public-policy forum.
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November 7, 2007 | By Maria Panaritis INQUIRER TRENTON BUREAU
In a stunning blow to Gov. Corzine's plan to turn New Jersey into a national leader in biomedical research, voters yesterday refused to approve $450 million in grants for stem-cell research. Voters also defeated a measure favored by the Democratically controlled Legislature to set aside a half-cent of last year's penny sales-tax increase for property-tax relief. It was the first time in 17 years that Garden State voters defeated ballot initiatives. Election returns remained incomplete late last night but observers said the apparent defeat of both measures appeared linked to voter fatigue with the fiscal woes of one of the most heavily taxed states in America.
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April 30, 2007 | By Jeff Shields INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Gov. Corzine will be released from the hospital this afternoon, 18 days after he was critically injured in an auto accident, a spokesman said last night. Corzine had predicted last week he would be out on Tuesday or Wednesday; doctors had said today would be his earliest release date. Legislators who visited him last week marveled at his robust condition. On Saturday Corzine, who broke his left thighbone, breastbone, collarbone and 11 ribs, graduated from a walker to forearm crutches - "an amazing step for someone with his injuries," his spokesman Anthony Coley said.
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