Former Gov. Richard J. Codey has endorsed Joe Biden for president.
“I am proud to endorse Joe Biden for President. Our nation is at a crossroads, and I believe he is the right person to help get us back on track,” Codey said. “Our next President will face enormous challenges, including governing a deeply divided country. Joe Biden can and will help us heal as we work to make the American Dream attainable for all of us.”
Codey praised Biden as the “best candidate from a policy perspective, but that he has the steady temperament that is missing from the Oval Office right now.
“He has worked with leaders across the country and across the aisle to do what is best for our country,” the former governor said. “He can help bring civility and honor back to the White House.”
Codey was not among the Democratic party leaders who had endorsed Cory Booker for the Democratic nomination.
“No other candidate can match his experience on the Domestic and International stage. During his time as Vice President and also his tenure in the Senate, he has proven his leadership and ability to build consensus,” Codey said. “As Democrats, our aim is to beat Trump. Vice President Biden fits the bill. He is one person we know can beat Trump.”
The longtime Essex County state senator is the second top New Jersey Democrat to announce their support for Biden since Booker dropped out of the presidential race on Monday.
Rep. Tom Malinowski (D-Ringoes), who had previously backed Booker, announced his endorsement of Biden on Tuesday.
Malinowski served in the Obama/Biden administration as an assistant U.S. Secretary of State.
Codey served as governor between November 2004 and January 2006. He was elected to the State Assembly in 1973 and has been in the State Senate since winning an open seat in 1981.
A spokesman for the New Jersey Democratic State Committee said this morning that Gov. Phil Murphy, a Codey ally, would not endorse a candidate for president anytime soon.
Murphy had been supporting Booker, who had New Jersey solidly locked up.
This story was updated at 12:42 PM with comment from Codey.