Name: Richard J. Codey
Senate President Richard J. Codey began his career in state government in 1973 when he was elected to the Assembly. He went on to become a Senator in 1982 and while serving as Senate President in 2004 he assumed the governorship when Governor James E. McGreevey resigned before his term expired. Throughout a career in state government that has spanned more than three decades, Senate President and former Governor Richard J. Codey has earned a reputation as an independent thinker and a champion of change to benefit the public good.
Throughout his distinguished career, Codey has become known for his advocacy on behalf of the mentally ill, working tirelessly to improve treatment, care and education for those with mental illness. As Governor, Codey continued to bring the struggles of the mentally ill to the forefront of the public's attention. His first official act was to establish the Governor's Task Force on Mental Health to report to him on the direction New Jersey should take in delivering improved services to its mentally ill. During his 14 months as governor, Codey was successful in implementing more than 90 percent of the task force’s recommendations, resulting in a dramatic improvement in New Jersey’s mental health system.
A long-time advocate for children, Codey sponsored the nation's first statewide assault weapons ban and the nation's first childproof handgun law. As Governor, he signed landmark legislation requiring GPS tracking for sex offenders and launched an unprecedented statewide school security audit. Recently he authored one of the strongest package of laws in the nation to crackdown on Internet predators. He has also been a vocal public health advocate, playing an instrumental role in providing affordable and accessible health care, creating a prescription drug assistance program for seniors, funding innovative cancer research programs, and signing the landmark Smoke Free Air Act into law.
Name: Garrett C. Jones
Garrett was born and raised in West Caldwell, NJ whose career has been centered around the Caldwells and the towns in the West Essex Area. Since January of 2013 he has had the privilege to serve families of Morris County with Governor Codey
He is a graduate of James Caldwell High School in 1983 and Lynchburg College in Virginia in 1987, where he majored in Religious Studies and Communication. He completed his education with Mercer College Mortuary School in 1988.
Garrett has been serving families of West Essex since 1986 and has been a licensed funeral director since 1988.
Being an active part of the community is a charecter that Garrett learned from his parents Roger and Dolores Jones.
Mr. Jones is an active member of the First Presbyterian Church at Caldwell where he has been a youth leader in the high school fellowship and youth choir, confirmation teacher and mentor. He is also on the Board of Directors with the West Essex Kiwanis, Dads with a Mission, Inc. and with the Cedar Hill CDC After School Program in Boonton, a member of the Caldwell Street Fair Committee, Vero Amici for Charity and the 200 Club of Morris County.
Recently Garrett appointed by Governor Christie to serve on the New Jersey Board of Mortuary Science for a 3 year term. "I am honored to have been chosen by Governor Christie to be a member of this prestigious board. I have always been proud to be a member of the funeral profession and I will do my very best to protect the consumer and hold funeral directors to the highest standard of service.”
Giving back to families and a community that has given me a wonderful life is what inspires me to grow as a professional with compassion and integrity. I am truly blessed to have been a part of peoples lives, travel in their journeys through loss and grief and daily confirm what I believe, that every life is worth celebrating. My life has been transformed through these relationships and I look forward to continueing the journey with you one family at a time.