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A Jersey Giant Retires – After 50 Years of Service in NJ Government, Dick Codey Steps Down.

January 10, 2024 |

Credit: Book Cover by Rutgers Univ. Press

About a quarter of state legislators had their final voting sessions yesterday (Jan. 10), with most retiring and some unseated in the election. But one stuck out. The one who’s been there longer than anyone, ever: Dick Codey (D Essex). 

The former Senate president is best known for his 14 months as governor following McGreevey’s resignation. It’s been 50 years since Codey, a mortician, became a legislator, and 42 since he arrived in the Senate.

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NJ SEED: Perhaps one of the secrets of Codey’s popularity and success is not taking himself too seriously. This was evident in his 2011 book, Me, Governor? A book described by its publisher, Rutgers Univ. Press, as “a breezy, humorous, perceptive, and candid chronicle of local and state government …..” NJ SEED wishes Dick Codey all the best in retirement.

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