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

Codey says he, Lance not privy to Bucco settlement

Bucco declines to release details of 2004 sexual harassment suit

By Nikita Biryukov, June 07 2018 7:45 pm

Former Gov. Richard Codey said on Thursday that he and Rep. Leonard Lance, then minority leader of the New Jersey Senate, were not party to a 2004 settlement between State Sen. Anthony Bucco and a legislative aide who alleged her job on Bucco’s staff required her to enter into a sexual relationship with him.

The aide’s suit named the New Jersey Senate as a co-defendant in addition to Bucco.

Codey said that the matter was handled by attorneys representing the Senate, adding that he and Lance were not privy to the settlement.

Bucco on Thursday declined to release the terms of the settlement.

“No. First of all,” Bucco said. “That was dismissed out of court, so that was the end of it. It was dismissed after the attorneys went in. I didn’t even go to court. I didn’t have to go to court. They dismissed it.”

The suit against Bucco and the Senate, in addition to a federal lawsuit Bucco filed against the aide were dismissed after the settlement was reached.

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