Codey Statement, Declining to Seek Democratic Nomination for Governor

Former Governor Richard J. Codey announced today that he would not be seeking the Democratic Party nomination for governor. Here is his statement in full:

"After talking with my family, friends and other advisers and weighing the impact of a campaign on my family life, I have decided not to seek the nomination," said Sen. Codey (D-Essex/Morris). "I want to thank my friends and supporters throughout the state who encouraged me to run and provided counsel during this process, especially Senate President Steve Sweeney and Senator Ray Lesniak."

"I will enthusiastically back whomever the nominee is and do all that I can in support," Codey said. "As a senator and governor, I have been a voice for many voiceless New Jerseyans. I will continue to serve in Trenton and seek re-election."

"In these roles, and in my role as a business owner and family provider, I will continue," he said.

Codey recently purchased a second funeral home and will continue his family's 100-year legacy in the industry.

Codey is forming a foundation, The Codey Foundation on Mental Health, with his wife Mary Jo to aid people with mental illness and he looks forward to continuing his career in Trenton as an independent voice in the State.

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