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Former Gov. Richard J. Codey, a state senator from Essex County. (Photo: Kevin Sanders for New Jersey Globe)

Codey crosses lines and endorses DeCroce

Former Democratic governor said Morris GOP made a mistake pulling party support for Parsippany lawmaker

By David Wildstein, May 17 2021 12:37 pm

Former Gov. Richard Codey, a Democrat, says he wants Assemblywoman BettyLou DeCroce to win the Republican primary for State Assembly in the next-door 26th district.

“If I were a Republican, I would certainly vote for DeCroce in a primary, without question,” said Codey, a 12-term state senator who represents parts of Morris and Essex counties in the legislature.  “

Codey said he was surprised that Morris County Republicans decided to drop DeCroce, a four-term lawmaker, from their organization line and replace her with Christian Barranco.

“I don’t know what they were thinking up there,” Codey said.  “It’s plain stupid.”

The former Senate President, who served as the state’s governor from 2004 to 2006 following the resignation of James E. McGreevey, predicted an off the line win is possible.

“Having run off the line, I know you can do it.  I’ll be rooting for her,” stated Codey.  “I hope I don’t lose her votes.”

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