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Assemblyman John McKeon. (Photo: Kevin Sanders for the New Jersey Globe).

Codey, McKeon, Collazos-Gill get backing from League of Conservation Voters

Party-backed LD27 slate faces primary challenge in deep-blue district

By Joey Fox, May 10 2023 2:46 pm

The New Jersey League of Conservation Voters (LCV), one of the state’s top environmentalist groups, today endorsed State Sen./former Gov. Richard Codey (D-Roseland), Assemblyman John McKeon (D-West Orange), and Alixon Collazos-Gill for the 27th legislative district.

“Senator Codey and Assemblyman McKeon have been longtime environmental champions for New Jersey’s environment,” New Jersey LCV public policy director Allison McLeod said in a statement. “We know that they, along with their newest team member Alixon, will continue to prioritize the fight for clean air, safe drinking water and open space, while combating the climate crisis, and advancing environmental justice.”

Codey faces a primary against fellow State Sen. Nia Gill (D-Montclair), who was moved into his district on the state’s new legislative map. Gill is running with one Assembly candidate, former Montclair school board member Eve Robinson; another candidate, former Assemblyman Craig Stanley, is also running for the Assembly separate from either slate.

With the Essex Democratic organization at their backs, Codey and his running mates are considered the strong favorites to win the nomination. And in a deep-blue district that includes Democratic strongholds like Montclair and West Orange, the winners of the primary are near-guaranteed to prevail in the November general election.

If she wins, Collazos-Gill will succeed Assemblyman Tom Giblin (D-Montclair), who is retiring this year.

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