Dick Codey’s rock and hard place

Senate President Richard Codey, weighing the responsibility that comes with pushing his running mate Mims Hackett out of the 27th district race this fall, would have a tough time making Democrats happy with his replacement.

There is no shortage of potential Democratic candidates in Essex County, where the bench is fairly deep. But when Codey helped draw his own district in 2001, he promised — and testfied in court papers — that the 27th, with a majority of white suburban voters — would still elect an African American to the Legislature. That means Codey might feel obligated to support a minority candidate, even if that means upsetting several others who would like the seat.

Dick Codey’s rock and hard place