September 8, 2004 |
In the realm of politics, Richard Codey is no Jim McGreevey. While McGreevey angled for years to become governor, Codey gave the job no real thought - until recently, and only because it will become his by default. While McGreevey made alliances with Democratic power brokers, Codey gained a reputation for feuding with them. And while McGreevey reveled in traveling the state, making speeches and glad-handing the public, the Senate president spurned political fetes in favor of watching Seton Hall University basketball games with his two teenage sons.
December 17, 2004
New Jersey Democrats have forged a compromise that would enable residents to elect a lieutenant governor beginning in 2009. In the interim, the measure improves the succession process from the current slap-in-the-face to governmental checks and balances. The Legislature should put this bill atop its agenda when it returns in January. Now, if a governor leaves office early - as Govs. James McGreevey and Christie Whitman did (for vastly different reasons) - the Senate president takes over but retains his legislative leadership.
December 11, 2004
For someone who proclaims his commitment to cleaning up politics in New Jersey, acting Gov. Richard Codey is allowing an important opportunity to pass by. Codey is refusing to allow the state Senate, where he also serves as president, to vote on an important reform bill addressing "pay-to-play" politics. Monday is the last day of this year's session for a vote on it. The bill, S1987, would allow municipalities across New Jersey to enact their own bans on the sleazy practice of awarding government jobs to contractors who donate generously to politicians' campaign coffers.
October 25, 2004 |
News item: Gov. McGreevey has insisted on staying in office until midnight on his last day as governor, Nov. 15. Knock, knock. "Who's there?" Gov. McGreevey called out from behind the locked door of the mansion. "Acting Gov. Richard Codey. " "Acting Gov. Richard Codey who?" "Jim, open the door," Codey said. "No! Go away!" Codey sighed, and set down his suitcase on the front porch of Drumthwacket, the governor's residence. He knocked on the front door again, harder this time.
January 13, 2005
Richard Codey proved again this week that he has no intention of being a mere caretaker in his 14 months as acting governor of New Jersey. In the governor's annual "State of the State" address Tuesday, he proposed bold ideas to "watch out for our neighbors and help those down on their luck" - the poor, uninsured, mentally and chronically ill. He also lashed out at Washington's lack of funding for state homeland security needs and lamented Trenton's...
October 27, 2005
New Jersey voters can help clean up state government and polluted air by voting YES on the two public questions on the Nov. 8 ballot. Question No. 1 would establish the long-needed office of lieutenant governor, beginning in 2009, to fill any vacancy in the top job. Candidates for lieutenant would run on a party ticket with the gubernatorial candidate, as the U.S. president and vice president do. It would not be a post devoid of duties....
August 17, 2004
Gov. McGreevey should step down immediately and allow New Jersey voters to choose an interim governor who will lead the state until January 2006. That's in the best interests of the public, which is reeling from yet another scandal in Trenton. In case you've been in an isolation chamber, McGreevey last week announced that he is resigning, that he is gay and that he had an extramarital affair (allegedly with a man whom he had placed on the state payroll). Whether the governor was having an affair with a subordinate or sexually harassing him (as the man claims)
November 27, 2012 |
Gov. Christie put any speculation about his future in the Trenton to rest Monday, announcing that he would run for a second term as governor next November. The 50-year-old Republican made the announcement while visiting police and fire crews in Fort Monmouth, one of many shore towns ravaged by Sandy earlier this month, saying the storm cemented the decision. "The public needs to know that I'm in this for the long haul. That the person that led them through the initial crisis wants to be here to lead them through the rebuilding and restoration of our state," he said.
January 1, 2002 |
If a small country had four leaders in eight days, the health of democracy there would surely be questioned. Well, the great state of New Jersey will have no fewer than four governors between next Tuesday and Jan. 15. And while part of this is due to an unforeseeable convergence of events, we, too, should be asking whether a thwarting of the democratic process is also at fault. The gubernatorial succession samba started with Donald DiFrancesco's becoming acting governor because he was Senate president when Gov. Christie Whitman resigned to become head of the federal Environmental Protection Agency.
July 28, 2000 |
For the first time since an embarrassing photo of her frisking a black man in Camden surfaced, Gov. Whitman returned to the city yesterday determined to shine a spotlight on the good things she is doing there. But she found herself in the glare instead, fielding a barrage of questions about her conduct and her policies regarding the city. On a day when the governor visited Camden with millions of dollars for new initiatives, Senate Democratic leaders in Trenton announced their opposition to her plan for an unprecedented state takeover of Camden.