Senate President Dick Codey (D-Roseland) said that the next Assembly Speaker will “have large shoes to fill” after Speaker Joseph Roberts (D-Camden) retires.
“Joe Roberts’ leadership and commitment will be sorely missed in Trenton. He has been one of the most steadfast and dedicated public servants that Trenton has seen in nearly a quarter of a century,” said Codey, who lauded Roberts’ record on legislation that dealt with property tax relief, affordable housing and autism.
“While there were times when we had policy differences, they never became personal and Joe and I always got along. Joe was the consummate legislator and a true gentleman to work with whose sole goal was always to help the citizens of New Jersey,” read the rest of Code’s statement. “I have been very fortunate to be able to say that, like Congressman Albio Sires before him, Joe is a friend. The next Assembly Speaker will have large shoes to fill and I look forward to continuing the working relationship Joe and I forged as Speaker and Senate President with the next Speaker.”