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State Sen. Richard J. Codey. (Photo: Kevin Sanders for New Jersey Globe)

Codey heaps praise on short-listed AG candidates, but not Platkin

By David Wildstein, February 03 2022 6:51 pm

Former Gov. Richard Codey (D-Roseland) gave no indication that he’s ready to sign off on Gov. Phil Murphy’s pick for attorney general, Matt Platkin, heaping praise on the other three finalists for the state’s top law enforcement post.

“I have known Assemblyman John McKeon for over 30 years.  He is one of the finest people I know,” said Codey.  “He has an exceptional grasp of the law and ability to work with people.”

McKeon has been Codey’s running mate since 2001 when he picked the former West Orange mayor to run off the line with him for the State Assembly.

Codey said that Jamel Semper “has proven himself as one of the best during his time in the Essex Prosecutor’s Office, and now as Chief of the Organized Crime and Gangs Unit in the U.S. Attorneys’ Office.”

“Acting Attorney General Bruck, in his short time, has earned the respect of the people who work in that office and the public, as well as the State’s twenty-one county Prosecutors,” Codey said.

Codey is one of four Essex County senators, all Democrats, who have senatorial courtesy – the unwritten rule that requires a gubernatorial nominee to get sign off from home county senators – over Platkin.

Unless Codey and the other three – Majority Leader Teresa Ruiz (D-Newark), State Sen. Ronald Rice (D-Newark) and Nia Gill (D-Montclair) – sign off on Platkin, the Senate Judiciary Committee will not hold a confirmation hearing.

Rachel Wainer Apter, Murphy’s nominee for associate justice of the New Jersey Supreme Court since last March, has not advanced because State Sen. Holly Schepisi (R-River-Vale) has not yet signed off.

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