Jon Corzine is back as Governor, and the feuding between Richard Codey and two key Corzine aides — Chief of Staff Thomas Shea and Counsel Kenneth Zimmerman — has essentially been put aside. Both parties reportedly agreed that the days following the Governor's accident were stressful for everyone and that it was time for all involved to move on.
But Codey has not forgiven one top gubernatorial staffer whom he battled during his short tenure as Acting Governor: Anthony Coley, Corzine's Communications Director. Codey views Coley as a habitual liar, and perceives that it was Coley who pushed much of the anti-Codey rhetoric over the past few weeks — far more than anyone else from Corzine's staff.
While there have been no outright threats, but Codey's extreme anger with Coley — and his desire to see his termination — is bad news for Coley, an out-of-stater who already has to deal with a press corps that doesn't seem to like him.
Coley came to New Jersey in 2005 as Press Secretary after working for Corzine in Washington. During Corzine's first year in office, he won a bitter public feud with Corzine Communications Director Ivette Mendez. Mendez wound up quitting and Coley got her job.