State Sen. and former Gov. Richard Codey (D-Roseland), who has thus far joined State Sen. Nia Gill (D-Montclair) in blocking acting Attorney General Matt Platkin from coming up for a confirmation vote in the Senate, today would not say where he stood on the prospect of giving Platkin senatorial courtesy.
“I’m just not curious about it,” Codey said. He did not elaborate further.
Gov. Phil Murphy nominated Platkin, his former chief counsel, in January to replace acting Attorney General Andrew Bruck. As a Montclair resident, Platkin needed courtesy from Essex County’s four senators to begin the confirmation process: Codey, Gill, Senate Majority Leader Teresa Ruiz (D-Newark), and State Sen. Ronald Rice (D-Newark).
Ruiz and Rice quickly signed off on Platkin, but Gill and Codey wouldn’t initially say what they would do, and both have so far refused to allow him through.
Codey hasn’t hasn’t specifically outlined why he’s so hesitant to support Platkin’s nomination, but it may have less to do with who Platkin is and more to do with who he isn’t.
Codey had a strong relationship with each of the other three contenders shortlisted for the role: Bruck, Assistant U.S. Attorney Jamel Semper, and Assemblyman John F. McKeon (D-West Orange). When Platkin was ultimately chosen, Codey released a statement that praised all three shortlisted candidates – and said nothing whatsoever about the man who actually got the job.