By Darryl R. Isherwood | January 6th, 2013 - 2:04pm
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State Sen. Ray Lesniak today threw his support behind former Gov. Dick Codey as the Democrats’ best hope to win the governor’s race in November.

In a Facebook post Sunday, Lesniak called Codey the Democrats' "Obi Wan Kenobi," adding that the former governor has style to match that of incumbent Republican Gov. Chris Christie.

"Codey for Governor? Christie's style has vaulted his popularity, but Codey has style, also. Christie's feisty style has overshadowed his support for Romney and his policies that would cut taxes on the wealthy while putting added burdens on everyone else,'' Lesniak wrote. "Honk if you like Codey for Governor. Now that Cory Booker has chosen not to run, Codey is our Obi Wan Kenobi."

Codey has not yet announced whether he will challenge Christie in November, but the state Senator from Essex County has said repeatedly he is mulling his options.

Last week, Senate President Steve Sweeney reportedly met with Codey to discuss a potential candidacy. To date, only state Sen. Barbara Buono has declared her candidacy for governor.

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"Gov. Chris Christie says he won’t campaign for the Republican gubernatorial candidate in New York because the cause is hopeless: Gov. Andrew Cuomo is ahead by more than 30 points. But he will campaign in New Hampshire, over and over, where the Republican is also trailing by more than 30 points. What’s the reason? It may be that New Hampshire holds the nation’s first presidential primary. It may be that he doesn’t want to mess with Cuomo, who knows where the skeletons are buried at the Port Authority. But one thing is certain: Gov. Straight Talk is spinning again. And it seems to be habit-forming." - columnist Tom Moran

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