The 27th Legislative District’s seat is up for grabs following the decision of Sen. Richard Codey to retire. The announcement comes after Codey triumphed over the veteran state Sen. Nia Gill in the primaries earlier in June. This matchup resulted from 2022’s redistricting that will be effective from 2024.
In his farewell message, Codey reflected, “I look forward to trading my trips to Trenton for cherished moments as a husband, dad, and granddad.” He affirmed his continuing role as director at both Codey Funeral Homes and the insurance agency. “The time feels right to step back and watch the next generation rise,” he mentioned.
Having served New Jersey for half a century, Codey, a Roseland resident, shared, “I’ve passionately advocated for laws that resonate with New Jersey residents, especially those who often go unheard. My efforts spanned areas from mental health and addiction to pushing for strong gun laws and prohibiting indoor smoking.” His leadership roles included Senate Minority Leader (1998-2001) and Senate President (2004-2009).
Sen. Codey’s 50-year journey, filled with interactions with diverse constituents, emphasized the essence of public service. “The real purpose of public service is to make a meaningful impact on people’s lives,” he emphasized. He concluded, “Representing and gaining trust from the community has been the utmost privilege.”
Governor Phil Murphy lauded Codey, highlighting his nearly 50-year service. “Governor Codey’s vision and steadfast dedication have shaped New Jersey. His legacy includes championing mental health care, pioneering stem cell research, and establishing the state’s Charity Care Program,” Murphy remarked.
Expressing his admiration, Assemblyman John McKeon mentioned Codey’s unwavering commitment to New Jersey. “Codey’s mental health advocacy has carved a new direction for our state,” McKeon noted.
Rep. Mikie Sherrill recognized Codey’s dedication: “For 50 years, Codey has been a beacon of hope in New Jersey, whether it was advocating for mental health, stringent gun control, or combating substance abuse.”
The 27th Legislative District currently includes Caldwell, Essex Fells, Livingston, Maplewood, Millburn, Roseland, South Orange, and West Orange in Essex County; Chatham Township, East Hanover, Florham Park, Hanover, Harding, and Madison in Morris County.