Our comment: Democrat Richard Codey, who was New Jersey’s acting Governor from 2004 to 2007, has announced he will not run. Not that he stood a chance, but he’s one less high profile Democrat in the race. Read the details on USA Today.
By Catalina Camia
Democrat Richard Codey reportedly will not run this year for New Jersey governor and challenge Republican Gov. Chris Christie.
Codey, who was approached by Democrats to run, told the Star-Ledger he is not running and pledged to support whomever becomes the Democratic nominee to face Christie in November.
“After talking with my family, friends and other advisers and weighing the impact of a campaign on my family life, I have decided not to seek the nomination,” Codey is quoted as saying. “I want to thank my friends and supporters throughout the state who encouraged me to run and provided counsel during the process.”
Democrats have been searching for a top candidate to challenge Christie, who has high job-approval ratings and more than $2 million socked away for his re-election bid. Newark Mayor Cory Booker opted not to run and instead is eyeing a 2014 Senate race. State Sen. Barbara Buono has announced her candidacy.