Former Governor Richard Codey is, according to an independent poll, New Jersey's most popular politician, yet his re-election as Senate President next year is hardly automatic. There have been rumblings of a challenge, especially if the block of Southern Democrats in the Senate increases after the November election. Codey backed two winners in Democratic Senate primaries last night: Sandra Bolden Cunningham in the 31st district, and incumbent Ronald Rice in the 28th. The non-risk-averse Codey could have lost the votes of Louis Manzo and Bilal Beasley in a Democratic Caucus vote.
Codey's GOP counterpart, Senate Minority Leader Leonard Lance, backed losing candidates for Sheriff and Freeholder in his home county, Hunterdon.