Senate President Richard Codey lost his first election of his 35-year political career on Tuesday when he was defeated in a race for delegate to the Democratic National Convention. Codey, who was listed on the ballot with John Edwards, received just 746 votes. In Codey’s delegate district, Barack Obama (who had Codey’s support) beat Hillary Clinton by just 732 votes – 28,777 to 28,045. For the record, eight Democrats, including the Rev. Reginald Jackson, Essex County Freeholder Patricia Sebold, and Democratic strategist Phil Alagia can say they once beat Codey in a Democratic primary.
Special message to the Senate Democratic staff: did you see that A.J. Sabath received 308 more votes than Codey did?