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State Sen. Richard Codey (D-Roseland), a former governor of New Jersey

Codey: Norcross remarks about Tammy Murphy out of line

Former governor: ‘He can criticize the governor all he wants, but not his wife’

By David Wildstein, May 09 2019 11:52 am

Former Gov. Richard Codey today slammed George Norcross for comments he made about First Lady Tammy Murphy thinking she is the Queen of England.

“George Norcross is way out of line,” Codey told the New Jersey Globe.  “What he did went way over the line.  Unfortunately, that’s his style.”

In an interview with the Star-Ledger, Norcross said that Gov. Phil Murphy “thinks he’s the King of England and Mrs. thinks she’s the Queen of England, and they don’t have to answer to anybody. And they’ve gone out there recklessly, stupidly and incompetently time and time again.”

Codey, who served as governor from 2004 to 2006 and a frequent critic of Norcross, a powerful political insider, said that the families of political leaders ought to be off limits “100% of the time.”

“It’s not the first time he’s gone after politicians and their families,” Codey said of Norcross.  “He can criticize the governor all he wants, but not his wife.  Any politician knows there are no exceptions.”

Codey, a state senator now in his 46th year in the Legislature, says that personal attacks against family members is something “as a party and as a state we’ve had too much of.”

“It’s not justified,” Codey said of Norcross’ remarks disparaging Tammy Murphy.

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