Richard Codey will resign as Senate President on Monday so that Bernard Kenny can take the post for the final day of his twenty-year career in the Legislature, according to a report in Sunday’s Star-Ledger.
The last time the Senate did that was in 1962. Robert Crane, a 40-year-old two-term Senator from Union County (and the publisher of the Elizabeth Daily Journal) was dying of cancer. He was elected Senate President and resigned two hours later. He died four months later.
As part of the Senate’s tribute to Crane, Governor Robert Meyner drove to Pennsylvania so that Crane could serve briefly as the Acting Governor. Due to the heavy activity tomorrow — the Senate is expected to vote on a school funding bill — and the State of the State address on Tuesday, Governor Jon Corzine is not expected to pay a similar tribute to Kenny.