Senate President Richard Codey is presumably seeking re-election to a ninth term in November, and his staff insists that he will — but some Democrats continue to speculate that he will not. Codey is in no rush to decide: the state Supreme Court’s 2002 “Administrative Feasibility” ruling gives the former Governor until early October to make a final decision. Some Democrats believe Codey wants to keep an eye on his vote tally for another term as Senate President — for example, Ronald Rice is a Codey backer, but there are no assurances that Bilal Beasley would be if he wins the Democratic primary.
If Codey leaves, he’ll back Assemblyman John McKeon, the Mayor of West Orange, for his Senate seat. A post-June special convention to pick a new Senate candidate would arguably be a safer — and more controllable — political environment for McKeon than a Democratic primary.