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  Codey, Richard J.
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AffiliationDemocratic  
<-  2018-01-09  
 
NameRichard J. Codey
Address20 Ford Lane
Roseland, New Jersey , United States
EmailNone
Website [Link]
Born November 27, 1946 (74 years)
Contributor*crickets chirp*
Last Modifedbill
Dec 08, 2019 04:38pm
Tags Caucasian - Liberal - Pro-Choice - Pro-Gun control - Pro-Labor -
InfoMr. Codey is a former governor and Senate president who began his career in state government in 1973 when he was elected to the Assembly at age 26, becoming, at the time, the youngest person ever elected to the State Legislature. He served four Assembly terms before being elected to the State Senate in 1981. He has been re-elected 11 times.

Mr. Codey served as senate co-president from 2002 to 2004 when the upper house was evenly split 20-20 between Democratic and Republican senators. When Democrats gained the majority in 2004, he was selected senate president for the 211th, 212th and 213th legislative sessions. When Governor James E. McGreevey resigned before his term expired, Mr. Codey became the state’s 53rd governor on Nov. 16, 2004.

As a legislator, Mr. Codey has advocated for better care and treatment for individuals with mental illnesses. Early in his legislative career, he exposed problems in state psychiatric hospitals when he assumed the name of a deceased convicted criminal and was hired at Marlboro Psychiatric Hospital. His undercover operation received national attention and led to reforms that significantly improved the quality of care and quality of life for patients in mental health facilities.

As governor, Mr. Codey continued to bring the struggles of individuals with mental illness to the forefront of the public’s attention. His first official act was to establish the Governor’s Task Force on Mental Health to report on the direction New Jersey should take in delivering improved services to its mentally ill. During his 14 months as governor, he was successful in implementing more than 90 percent of the task force’s recommendations. Along with his wife, Mary Jo, he launched a statewide postpartum depression awareness campaign. He also sponsored legislation that requires doctors and healthcare professionals to screen and educate all new mothers for postpartum depression. These efforts would later see the couple create The Codey Fund for Mental Health, an organization dedicated to removing the stigma of mental illness while working to improve access to high quality care for those afflicted.

During his governorship, he also signed numerous landmark laws including the Smoke Free Air Act, GPS tracking for convicted sex offenders, and a minimum wage increase, and played a critical role in advancing medical research and scientific progress in New Jersey. Under his watch, New Jersey became the first state to award public funds to support human embryonic stem cell research, and the first to establish a public umbilical and placental stem cell bank.

Throughout his four decades in public service, Mr. Codey has worked to make New Jersey communities and schools safer. He sponsored the nation’s first statewide assault weapons ban and childproof handgun law, and, as governor, he created a task force to examine steroid use and prevention, and sponsored bills establishing random drug testing for student-athletes and establishing training for coaches to identify the symptoms of steroid abuse. He also sponsored legislation to better protect student-athletes from sustained health effects of brain and head injuries and concussions.

The senator has sponsored legislation reforming New Jersey’s health care laws to cut costs while protecting quality of care. He helped establish the state’s Charity Care program, which helps hospitals treat uninsured patients, and a program that provides prescription drug cost assistance for seniors and individuals with disabilities.

Senator Codey was born Nov. 27, 1946, in Orange. He is a graduate of Fairleigh Dickinson University. He was a teacher in the East Orange public school system before joining his family’s business, Frank J. Codey & Son Funeral Directors. He was president of an insurance company for 25 years prior to selling the business in 2008.

The senator and his wife, the former Ms. Rolli, are the parents of two sons, Kevin and Christopher.

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JOB APPROVAL POLLS
DateFirmApproveDisapproveDon't Know
01/13/2006-01/15/2006 Survey USA 64.00% ( 23.0) 29.00% ( 11.0) 7.00% ( 12.0)
12/10/2005-12/13/2005 Quinnipiac University 71.00% ( 3.0) 10.00% ( 6.0) 19.00% ( 3.0)
11/16/2005-11/20/2005 Quinnipiac University 68.00% ( 9.0) 16.00% ( 7.0) 16.00% ( 16.0)
10/14/2005-10/19/2005 New York Times 61.00% ( 0.0) 12.00% ( 0.0) 27.00% ( 0.0)
10/04/2005-10/09/2005 Fairleigh Dickinson University 59.00% ( 15.0) 35.00% ( 12.0) 6.00% ( 3.0)
08/14/2005-08/16/2005 Strategic Vision (R) 49.00% ( 2.0) 39.00% ( 0.0) 12.00% ( 2.0)
07/15/2005-07/17/2005 Strategic Vision (R) 47.00% ( 0.0) 39.00% ( 0.0) 14.00% ( 0.0)
05/16/2005-05/20/2005 Eagleton Poll (Rutgers Univ.) 61.00% ( 15.0) 22.00% ( 14.0) 17.00% ( 1.0)
05/06/2005-05/08/2005 Survey USA 41.00% ( 0.0) 40.00% ( 0.0) 19.00% ( 0.0)
04/04/2005-04/10/2005 Fairleigh Dickinson University 44.00% ( 0.0) 47.00% ( 0.0) 9.00% ( 0.0)

BOOKS
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EVENTS
Start Date End Date Type Title Contributor

NEWS
Date Category Headline Article Contributor
Jul 05, 2005 02:00pm News N.J. Governor Comes to Shields' Defense  Article Classical Liberal 
Jun 08, 2005 03:00pm Scandal Codey brother to retire Sept. 1, start collecting on unusual deal  Article *crickets chirp* 
Mar 01, 2005 08:35pm News Codey says suspend property tax rebate  Article *crickets chirp* 
Feb 09, 2005 12:00am News Lawmakers "censure" radio talk show host  Article *crickets chirp* 
Feb 07, 2005 12:00am Poll New poll: Codey's popularity sky high  Article ArmyDem 
Feb 04, 2005 12:00am News Codey considers tax hike, 401(k) changes  Article *crickets chirp* 

DISCUSSION
Importance? 7.00000 Average

FAMILY
Wife Mary Jo Codey 00, 1981-

INFORMATION LINKS
RACES
  06/08/2021 NJ State Senate 27 - D Primary ???
  01/14/2020 Environment Committee Won 100.00% (+100.00%)
  01/14/2020 Health Committee Won 100.00% (+100.00%)
  01/09/2018 Health Committee Won 100.00% (+100.00%)
  01/09/2018 Environment Committee Won 100.00% (+100.00%)
  11/07/2017 NJ State Senate 27 Won 69.70% (+39.40%)
  11/05/2013 NJ State Senate 27 Won 59.25% (+18.51%)
  11/08/2011 NJ State Senate 27 Won 61.80% (+23.61%)
  11/23/2009 NJ State Senate President Lost 39.13% (-21.74%)
  01/08/2008 NJ Senate President 2008 Won 100.00% (+100.00%)
  11/06/2007 NJ State Senate 27 Won 78.77% (+57.55%)
  06/05/2007 NJ State Senate 27 - D Primary Won 100.00% (+100.00%)
  01/03/2006 NJ State Senate President 2006 Won 100.00% (+100.00%)
  11/08/2005 NJ Governor Lost 0.42% (-52.83%)
  11/15/2004 NJ Governor - Succession Won 100.00% (+100.00%)
  01/03/2004 NJ State Senate President 2004 Won 100.00% (+100.00%)
  11/04/2003 NJ State Senate 27 Won 65.78% (+31.56%)
  06/03/2003 NJ State Senate 27 - D Primary Won 100.00% (+100.00%)
  01/12/2002 NJ Governor - Acting Won 50.00% (+0.00%)
  01/08/2002 NJ State Senate President Won 50.00% (+0.00%)
  11/06/2001 NJ State Senate 27 Won 64.69% (+31.88%)
  01/11/2000 NJ State Senate Minority Leader Won 100.00% (+100.00%)
  11/24/1997 Minority Leader Won 100.00% (+100.00%)
  11/04/1997 NJ State Senate 27 Won 79.45% (+58.91%)
  01/03/1997 Assistant Minority Leader Won 100.00% (+100.00%)
  01/03/1995 Assistant Minority Leader Won 100.00% (+100.00%)
  11/02/1993 NJ State Senate 27 Won 75.11% (+50.23%)
  06/08/1993 NJ State Senate 27 - D Primary Won 59.93% (+19.87%)
  01/03/1993 Assistant Minority Leader Won 100.00% (+100.00%)
  11/05/1991 NJ State Senate 27 Won 68.14% (+36.27%)
  06/04/1991 NJ State Senate 27 - D Primary Won 60.89% (+21.77%)
  11/03/1987 NJ State Senate 27 Won 76.40% (+52.81%)
  11/08/1983 NJ State Senate 27 Won 75.18% (+50.35%)
  06/07/1983 NJ State Senate 27-D Primary Won 62.96% (+43.96%)
  11/03/1981 NJ State Senate 27 Won 73.90% (+47.80%)
  06/02/1981 NJ State Senate 27- D Primary Won 54.76% (+21.95%)
  11/06/1979 NJ General Assembly 26 Won 36.07% (+3.55%)
  11/08/1977 NJ General Assembly 26 Won 36.30% (+3.08%)
  06/07/1977 NJ General Assembly 26 - D Primary Won 37.35% (+3.24%)
  11/04/1975 NJ General Assembly 26 Won 35.90% (+2.84%)
  11/06/1973 NJ General Assembly 26 Won 35.68% (+2.57%)
  06/05/1973 NJ General Assembly 26 - D Primary Won 32.78% (+0.28%)
SPECULATIVE, DID NOT RUN
  06/06/2017 NJ Governor - D Primary Lost 0.00% (-48.42%)
  06/04/2013 NJ Governor - D Primary Lost 0.00% (-88.10%)
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