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First Lady of New Jersey

Mary Jo Codey is a staunch advocate for individuals whose lives are affected by mental illnesses and for those who have been stricken with breast cancer.  A lifelong resident of New Jersey, Mrs. Codey has been married to Governor Richard Codey for 23 years.  A devoted wife and mother, and a gifted educator and counselor, Mrs. Codey received her Bachelor of Arts degree in elementary education from Caldwell College. She later earned a master's degree in elementary education (with certification as a Learning Disabilities Teacher Consultant) from Seton Hall University.  She is currently an elementary school teacher in West Orange.


Mrs. Codey is a former member of the board of directors of the Mental Health Association of Essex County, which honored both she and the Governor for their mental health advocacy efforts.  Mrs. Codey also pioneered and was the first facilitator for a postpartum depression support group that began at St. Barnabas Medical Center in 1994 and continues to operate today.  Mary Jo Codey's personal experiences with both clinical depression and breast cancer make her uniquely qualified to speak out on both of these serious health concerns.  As New Jersey's First Lady, she welcomes the opportunity to advocate on behalf of the Governor's newly created Task Force on Mental Health and to spearhead the launching of a statewide fundraising campaign in support of breast cancer awareness.

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