Booker took heat for Codey endorsement

Newark Mayor Cory Booker needed to do some damage control yesterday after taking heat for his endorsement of Richard Codey

Newark Mayor Cory Booker needed to do some damage control yesterday after taking heat for his endorsement of Richard Codey (D-Roseland) in the race for Senate President. Booker, at the urging of two lawyers who advise him, Elnardo Webster and Paul Fader, backed Codey after Stephen Sweeney (D-West Deptford) had already announced he had a majority of the Democratic Senate Caucus on his side. That caused some Democrats close to Sweeney – especially George Norcross – to offer Booker a bit of friendly guidance. (It's fair to assume that the advice included strategic assumptions for the 2013 Democratic gubernatorial primary.) Booker, realizing Webster and Fader might have screwed up a bit, put out a statement late in the day acknowledging Sweeney's victory over Codey, and endorsing Sheila Oliver (D-East Orange) for Speaker. That probably made Norcross happy, but it won't be any consolation to Codey, who thought announcing a Booker endorsement a few hours earlier might be his salvation.

Booker took heat for Codey endorsement