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"Acting Governor Richard Codey has called a 2PM news conference, presumably to say that he does not want to be considered for the United States Senate seat soon to be vacated by his successor, Jon Corzine. Several pundits say that this is probably a smart move for Codey -- especially if he is not under serious consideration for the appointment anyway; his contact with the Governor-elect has been limited at best since the November 8th election. An announcement today allows Codey to say he's not interested, rather than to have Corzine pick someone else first. Some Democratic sources close to Corzine say Rep. Bob Menendez remains the leading candidate." If this is true, it's not really surprising.  Codey is more of an in-state guy, and it's clear Corzine was not particularly enthused about picking him.  Codey could have been won over by wooing by Corzine and the promise of a clear field, but neither apparently was forthcoming.

I agree that it is looking more and more likely that Menendez will be the one tapped.

It's now official: "Acting Gov. Richard Codey, who enjoys a 68% approval rating among New Jersey voters and a 23-point lead over the likely GOP candidate, announced today that he does not want to be considered for an appointment to fill the state's soon-to-be-vacant seat in the United States Senate."

Originally posted to Paleo on Wed Nov 23, 2005 at 10:08 AM PST.

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  •  I prefer Rush Holt. (none)
    But we'll see what happens.

    Q: Is it ignorance or apathy? A: I don't know and I don't care. [-4.25, -5.33]

    by GTPinNJ on Wed Nov 23, 2005 at 10:07:15 AM PST

    •  Yeah.... (none)
      ....Holt I like the best, but he's not in good with the Democratic establishment, so that puts him further down in the order, I fear. I'm not sure how easily Menendez can hold the seat in 2006, if he's appointed. He's well established in urban north Jersey, but if he goes up against Kean, Jr. and if he's too closely connected with corruption, he might have a lot of trouble.
  •  Oh, Well . . . (none)
    . . . the intrastate tensions within the party need to be expressed at some point.  Might as well be now.
  •  Ruh-roh (none)
    OK, I've heard time and again that Menendez can't beat Kean, Jr. because of the ethics thing and the Hudson County machine and all that. And now I'll fess up: what does that mean? Are there particular incidents, investigations, allegations, etc. floating around Menendez? Has he been closely aligned with guys led away in cuffs out of the Secaucus Municipal Building? I'll get around to looking into it myself, but I'm at work now, so if anyone has any quick answers they'd be appreciated.

    Something's happening here today -- a show of strength with your boys' brigade. Paul Weller

    by jamfan on Wed Nov 23, 2005 at 10:12:11 AM PST

    •  Menendez (none)
      Being a politician in Hudson County by itself puts you under suspicion.  As the article below notes, Menendez's parton, William Musto, was corrupt.  There is no evidence that Menendez is, however.  And I think he can beat Kean.  I just think both Codey and Frank Pallone would have an easier time doing so.

      No more Melissa Beans!

      by Paleo on Wed Nov 23, 2005 at 10:21:56 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  what is with all these politicians (none)
    who won't run unless they have the promise of a clear field?
  •  Anne Wolfe-I still think that it would make sense (none)
    Corzine should pick Anne Wolfe, the 2004 congressional candidate in the NJ 5th district. This would accomplish three things, it would put another woman in the Senate, she is a political figure with an organization in place since 2004,  and her leaving the House race would clear the deck for Paul Aronsohn to take on Scott Garrett. Aronsohn has a lot of political talent and muscle on his exploratory committee.
    •  Are you from the 5th? (none)
      I used to live in Pompton Lakes and grew up in Wanaque, but now that I'm in an extremely blue district with safe Pascrell as my Rep, I was considering volunteering for Anne up in my old stomping grounds. I'd never heard of Aronsohn. What's he like?

      Something's happening here today -- a show of strength with your boys' brigade. Paul Weller

      by jamfan on Wed Nov 23, 2005 at 10:23:24 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  frankly (none)
    Codey should have stayed as Governor, and Corzine should have stayed in the Senate.

    How many millions of dollars would have been saved on campaigns? Codey would have won the race for gov. easily. Same for Corzine next year for senate.

    I would love to see Rush Holt as the next NJ senator.

    •  Yeah really... (none)
      Corzine is a great Senator and from what I hear, Codey is a good governor. What was the point of swapping?
    •  I might have supported a primary challenge (none)
      to Codey, but you are right, what an F-ing waste of money and time. I would love to see a candidate who is not male, pale and stale.

      That said, Rush Holt is not a machine Democrat because his area doesn't have a machine to annoint him.  That should count for something.  He had to work hard to get his seat, whereas Pallone and Menendez were essentially crowned. He knows how to go out and campaign.

      "Anything that's good for your heart is good for your penis." Dr. John Mulhall,New York Presbyterian Hospital

      by sayitaintso on Wed Nov 23, 2005 at 10:49:53 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

    •  Not much (none)
      Corzine would've still had to spent millions on a 2006 challenger, and someone would've run against Codey too.

      Corzine was tired of being one of a hundred, and in the minority too.  He's an executive.

  •  Codey would be out of place in the Senate (none)
    Only egomaniacs can survive in today's Senate. People who like to talk a big game then cave into whatever corporate interest happens to own them.  This is all about money. Corzine is looking for someone who can bring in the cash for reelection. Gotta keep the bullshit machine  running smoothly. Codey is the most popular politician in NJ because he cares about people more than he cares about himself and it showed - not in his words - but in his actions. Everyone in Congress can take a lesson from him.

    "Unless we each conform, unless we obey orders, unless we follow our leaders blindly there is no possible way we can remain free" - Frank Burns

    by Central Scrutinizer on Wed Nov 23, 2005 at 10:37:06 AM PST

  •  Bill Bradley (none)
    During the 1980's and the mid 1990's.

    Bradley was the Senior Senator from New Jersey
    Lautenberg was the Junior Senator from New New Jersey. Until 1997 when Bradley left the Senate.

    From 1997-2001- Lautenberg was the Senior Senator from NJ. Torrecelli was the Junior Senator from NJ.

    In 2001- Lautenberg temporally left the US Senate. Torecelli became the Senior Senator from NJ. Corzine was the Junior Senator from NJ.

    In 2003 Torrecelli left the US Senate. Lautenberg was elected to the NJ US Senate Seat to suceed Toricelli- Lautenberg who served 18 years in the US Senate- lost his seniority status. Lautenberg became a Junior Senator from New Jersey. While Corzine was the Senior Senator from New Jersey.

    In 2006- Corzine will leave the US Senate to become Governor of NJ. Suppose Corzine appoints Bill Bradley to the vacant NJ US Senate Seat. The question the I must ask is Will the Democrats treat Bill Bradly like the way they treated Lautenberg- take away his Seniority status- Making Bradley become the Junior Senator from New Jersey. unlike in the 1980's when Bradley was the Senior Senator and Lautenberg was the Junior Senator. Wouldn't it be great if Both US Senators- Bradley and Lautenberg hold onto both NJ US Senate Seats.

  •  Any word on Nia Gill? (none)
    Or was that just rumor?  If Menendez can win statewide, I'm fine with him, but it would be nice to see an outside-the-box pick.
  •  So it's 2:30... (none)
    ...and no news on a Codey press conference.

    I've got blisters on my fingers!

    by Elwood Dowd on Wed Nov 23, 2005 at 11:33:35 AM PST

  •  I'm still hoping for Jon Bon Jovi! (none)
    or Springsteen!

    Let justice reign though the heavens tremble

    by Viceroy on Wed Nov 23, 2005 at 11:39:29 AM PST

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