Is Codey a big fish, or is he irrelevant?

If Nevadans don’t put John Edwards into first or second place in their presidential caucus on Saturday, Edwards may lose his New Jersey campaign chairman: Senate President Richard Codey says he’ll consider endorsing either Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama before the February 5 New Jersey primary. With Bergen County Democratic Chairman Joseph Ferriero endorsing Clinton in Bergen next week, that could make Codey, a former Governor, the big fish on the Democratic side as Clinton and Obama seek last-minute support in a state where Clinton has a twelve point lead. Codey may be New Jersey’s most popular Democrat — the last time he was in a statewide poll, he did much better than the Governor and two U.S. Senators. That begs a question: how many votes would a Codey endorsement actually mean, since Edwards – with Codey’s backing – is only at 9% among likely Democratic primary voters.

Is Codey a big fish, or is he irrelevant?