Me, Governor? : My Life in the Rough-and-Tumble World of New Jersey Politics

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 6/19/2011
  • Publisher: Rutgers Univ Pr

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And so, a new chapter in the life of Richard J. Codey, an undertaker's son born and bred in the Garden State, began on the night of August 12, 2004--he knew from that point his life would never be the same . . . and it hasn't been. His memoir is a breezy, humorous, perceptive, and candid chronicle of local and state government from a man who lived among political movers and shakers for more than three decades. Codey became governor of New Jersey, succeeding James McGreevey, who resigned following a homosexual affair--a shattering scandal and set of circumstances that were bizarre, even for the home state of the Sopranos. At once a political autobiography, filled with lively, incisive anecdotes that record how Codey restored respectability and set a record for good politics and good government in a state so often tarnished, this is also the story about a man and his family.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
˘McGreevey's Gay, I'm the New Governor÷p. 1
The Undertaker's Son: Death and Politics Go Togetherp. 23
The Give-and-Take of Politicsp. 40
Mary Jo: Love at First Sightp. 67
Familyp. 83
Sports in My Lifep. 92
Politics Gets Very Dirtyp. 107
My Crusade on Behalf of the Mentally Illp. 124
State Senate Presidentp. 138
Governor, Not Acting Governorp. 155
Keeping NFL Football in New Jerseyp. 196
Bowing Out as Governorp. 208
The Past … and the Future?p. 218
Indexp. 229
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