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

Codey maintains huge cash lead over Gill in Democratic Senate primary

Two Democratic senators facing off after new map put them in the same district

By David Wildstein, May 16 2023 11:41 am

In a 27th district Democratic State Senate primary between two longtime incumbents redistricted together, Richard Codey (D-Roseland) has a 32-1 cash advantage over Nia Gill (D-Montclair) before the June 6 Democratic primary.

Codey, a former governor of New Jersey who has served in the Senate since 1982 and in the legislature since 1974, has $839,523 cash-on-hand after raising $94,847 during the first quarter of 2023.   He spent $42,053.

A senator since 2002 and a legislator since 1994, Gill has $25,724 cash-on-hand and raised $23,976.  She has spent $12,223.

Codey, who has the organization lines in Essex and Passaic counties, is viewed as the clear frontrunner for the nomination.

Former U.S. Senator Bill Bradley donated $1,000 to Codey, who was among the few New Jersey officeholder to support him for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2000 against Vice President Al Gore.  Codey’s contributors include $8,200 checks from Operating Engineers Local 825 and the Greater New Jersey Carpenters PAC.

Gill received a $3,500 contribution from Nancy Erika Smith, a famed New Jersey employment lawyer and activist.

The two organization-backed candidates for Assembly in the 27th also have significant cash leads.

Incumbent John McKeon (D-West Orange) has $393,917 in the bank, and Alixon Collazos-Gill, who is seeing an open seat, raised $23,625 and has $23,2923 cash-on-hand after making a late entrance into the race following the retirement of Assemblyman Thomas P. Giblin (D-Montclair) at the end of March.

Among Collazos-Gill’s contributors is former Rep. Steve Rothman (D-Englewood).   She had served on Rothman’s congressional staff.  Democratic National Committee members John F.X. Graham and Marcia Marley donated to Collazos-Gill.

Eve Robinson, a former Montclair School board member running with Nia Gill, has $1,646 remaining after raising $4,337.  Her running mate, Frank Kasper, withdrew from the race, and his name will not appear on the ballot.

Former Assemblyman Craig Stanley has just $1,976 banked for his off-the-line run.  Stanley, who now lives in West Orange, had represented the next-door 28th district from 1996 to 2008, put $10,000 of his own money into the race as a loan; he reported no other donors and spent $8,024.

The campaign finance numbers made available by the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission are through May 5.

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