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Former Gov. Richard Codey. (Photo: Kevin Sanders for the New Jersey Globe)

Codey: No decision on delegate bid

By Nikita Biryukov, February 24 2020 3:39 pm

Former Gov. Dick Codey (D-Roseland) hasn’t decided whether he’ll seek to become one of the state’s Democratic presidential delegates.

“I don’t know,” Codey said when asked whether he would seek the position. “I think the race is going to shake out before we have to.”

Codey, who is backing former Vice President Joe Biden for the presidency, has numerous paths he could take to secure a voting spot at the Democratic National Convention.

The state senator could mount a bid in 12th delegate district, which is made up of the 21st and 27th legislative districts.

Alternatively, he could seek to become an at-large delegate or to win a spot cleared for pledged party leaders and elected officials.

Though they’ve once helmed the state’s executive branch, Codey and the state’s other former Democratic governors are not eligible to become automatic delegates, though an exemption exists for former presidents, vice presidents, House speakers, U.S. Senate leaders, House minority leaders and Democratic National Committee Chairs who lived in New Jersey.

“I’m a little upset that the former Democratic governors aren’t automatically delegates,” Codey said. “That’s an oversight that should be corrected.”

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