A familiar face presided over part of the latest N.J. Senate session

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For a while Wednesday, the New Jersey Senate chambers looked a bit like it did in 2005. Standing at the marble lectern was Sen. Richard Codey, who presided over a part of the last voting session at the Statehouse in Trenton before lawmakers set off for a summer break. It’s something he knows well. The Essex County Democrat was Senate president from 2002-10, and this was his first time running a session since. Senate President Nicholas Scutari ceded the podium to Codey for more than half an hour, allowing him to oversee votes on a number of bills. So was it like riding a bike? “Close,” Codey sa…

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