Most folks probably don’t remember Richard Codey as Governor of New Jersey since he assumed the job after Jim “Knees” McGreevey declared he was a Gay American and he held the job until Jon “MF Global” Corzine purchased the office in 2005.
Anyway, after spending most of his life in state politics and apparently doing nothing for the homeless, he decided it was time to play dress-up and pretend he’s one of them.
Former New Jersey Gov. Richard Codey dabbled in homelessness Monday night, disguising his face with makeup and a fake beard, dressing in shabby clothes, and venturing out on the mean streets of Newark in search of shelter. But turns out it’s not easy being a hobo, especially if you are mentally ill. NBC New York reports that Codey was posing as a mentally ill man who had just been released from a psychiatric ward. But after calling more than 20 shelters and care facilities in Newark, he could not find a place to spend the night, and many shelters said they would not accept mentally ill individuals, nor would they accept anyone who was not on welfare.
“The indictment here is of a system that says if you’re male, or have an illness that’s mental, they don’t want you,” Codey tells the Star-Ledger. “And if you’re not on a public entitlement program, there’s no bed at the inn.” This is troubling for obvious reasons, mainly that 90 percent of the state’s homeless population suffer from a mental illness. Codey, who currently serves as a State Senator, says that when seeking shelter he was also repeatedly asked if he was on welfare—and that if he wanted a place to spend the night, he would have to sign over his checks!
Yeah, well, that’s what you get for going to the corrupt cesspool of Newark, Dick. Unwittingly, Codey also demolished the myth that the homeless are just poor down and out folks that were previously just a paycheck away from homelessness. Nice to at least see a Democrat admit the vast majority of them suffer from mental illness. He apparently has also done nothing to address that in his three decades in office, so what exactly was the point of this exercise other than a lame photo op?