Name: Richard J. Codey
Title: Owner / Manager
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.