NJ St. Sen. Dick Codey Goes Undercover At Homeless Shelter

NEWARK, NJ (CBSNewYork) – Former New Jersey Governor and current State Senator Dick Codey shed his suit and slipped into a dirty hooded sweatshirt to go undercover at a homeless shelter.

LISTEN: WCBS 880’s Steve Scott With Dick Codey

He wore a fake beard, phony tattoos, and had a makeup artist make his teeth look tobacco-stained and his face as worn as old leather.

Looking every bit down-and-out, Codey spent Monday night at the Goodwill Mission in Newark.

He slept in a room with 20 other men.

The Senator said his four-month probe revealed a broken system in which shelters don’t want to help the mentally ill and those not receiving public assistance.

“If you’re a male and you’re not on the government program your odds of getting any kind of shelter at night are almost zero, “Codey told 1010 WINS.

When he went undercover, Codey said he received a small bed roll — about an inch thick — and a thin blanket.

“Then you’re told, ‘Lie down on the floor and go to sleep,'” Codey said. “I think people deserve more dignity in life than what I saw.”

The Goodwill Mission denies those allegations and the director actually applauds the Senator’s efforts.

Codey says this wasn’t about scoring political points, but was about shedding a light on the forgotten.

This isn’t the first time Codey has done something like this. Years ago, he went undercover and spent the night in a mental hospital.

What do you have to say? Sound off in the comments section below!

Comments

One Comment

  1. Christie: I AM FAT AND SMELL LIKE CRAP! says:

    HAM HOCK, REFRIED BEANS, DOUBLE BACON CHEESEBURGER, PAN FRIED PIG SNOUT. GOVERNOR CHRISTIE IS A FAT BACK BUCKET OF MESSY HOG SLOP AND IS TOO BUSY EATING TO CARE ABOUT THE HOMELESS.

  2. Maggie says:

    Nothing like getting down to basics – grass roots — or whatever and learning for oneself – and not the reams of ‘reports’ submitted by those with major ‘self-interest’ policies. Good Going Governor!!!

  3. Jer says:

    He should go under cover at the mental homes that are BANKRUPTING SOCIAL SECURITY He will find perfectly healthy men NOT WORKING and SOAKING THE SYSTEM DRY.

  4. robert karder says:

    the current numer of homeless in america today is at the conservative low end soemthing like 3-5million . i place the tru figure at about 7-10 million. this ia a statement of the economies collapse . it should be appranat now to anybody who wishes to just look and see and judge for themselves . that the present system doen not work . it will not work in the future either. vested interested prevent change and improvement . wars confuse and muddy the waters with temporary relief and redemption . the sytem is basically flawed and failing.be it noted that in canada and europe they do not have this degree of type of homeless problem

  5. JIM says:

    thank god we still have people like mr. codey with enough moxy to go and really check things out for themselves kind of like undercover boss we have undercover public offical. stop taking everyone’s word for it and find out for yourself get down and dirty.

  6. Grace says:

    I applaud Senator Codey’s efforts. I wish that he would investigate the welfare system which is abused by so many people, while others are denied time and time again for any type of assistance. I wish that Sen. Codey would apply for assistance…even food stamps and see how many times he will apply and be denied. There are so many people who really need medicaid, food stamps and assistance with housing that are turned away time and time again.

  7. DIANN says:

    THIS MAN HAD THE BALLS TO SHED SOME LIGHT ON AN ISSUE THAT SOME WANT TO JUST “LIFT” THE CARPET & SWEEP EVERYTHING DIRTY UNDER IT ! THANK YOU ! SENATOR CODEY !

    1. adios amigos says:

      He should be the Governor,not Mr Fatass

  8. Moshe says:

    There is something odd about State Senator Codey.

    1. TRACK says:

      He’s man in high position who has a heart and wants to know where the money is going, and where the help is needed! Welfare recips. still get money so the org. want to deal with them, not folk who have not a dime. Mr Codey if I could vote for you I would, native New Yorker…GOD will deal with how we treat the poor…

Comments are closed.

More From CBS New York

CAMPAIGN 2016
1010 WINS Special

Listen Live