Norcross formally kicks off congressional campaign
By Matthew Arco | February 17th, 2014 - 2:22pm
| More

BELLMAWR – State Sen. Donald Norcross (D-5) jumped full swing into a congressional campaign Monday morning as he officially kicked off his candidacy outside of Camden surrounded by union workers and a who’s who in South Jersey politics.

“Let’s get to work,” declared Norcross on stage inside a Bellmawr VFW post with Senate President Steve Sweeney and the co-chairman of the Camden County Democratic Committee, state Sen. James Beach (D-6), near his side.

The lawmaker, brother to South Jersey Democratic powerbroker George Norcross III, announced his candidacy just as soon as U.S. Rep. Rob Andrews (D-1) shocked political circles earlier this month when he made public his decision to depart Congress.

“I’m running for Congress because South Jersey needs to continue to have an effective advocate,” said Norcross, describing himself as a middleclass New Jerseyan who knows what it’s like to collect an unemployment check and struggle to provide for a family.

“We were as middle class as middle class could be,” he said, telling the packed hall about his upbringing.

“I’m an electrician with a tie,” he said, adding, “It’s not what you do, it’s how you do it.”

Norcross, who also serves as the co-chairman of the Camden County Democratic Committee, joined the state Legislature in 2010. He spent the last 15 years working as the assistant business manager of IBEW Local 351.

“Donald is one of us,” said Sweeney, the state’s top lawmaker.

“I can’t believe an ironworker saying such nice things about an electrician,” joked Sweeney, a childhood friend of Norcross and his three brothers.

While Sweeney and Beach (along with Camden Mayor Dana Redd and fellow congressional hopeful and Burlington County Freeholder Aimee Belgard) shared the stage with Norcorss, the state lawmaker has no lack of official endorsements from additional federal, state, county and local elected officials.

U.S. Sens. Bob Menendez and Cory Booker and U.S. Reps. Frank Pallone, Rob Andrews, Albio Sires, Bill Pascrell Jr., Rush Holt and Donald Payne Jr. are on that list, as well as 20 state elected officials and just as many county elected officials.

“It’s about my message,” responded Norcross, after a reporter asked whether political onlookers could surmise from the long list of endorsements that his older brother’s influence was at play.

“I think what you saw today is the outpouring of support from not only the 5th district but South Jersey people for all the years I’ve work in this area. I think, quite frankly, it’s about my message,” Norcross said.

“I’ve been elected now, four times in the last five years. Clearly, the constituents and those residents in the district see what I’ve done and they are approving,” he said.

And on the possibility of a Philly sports radio host and former NFL linebacker, Garry “G” Cobb, jumping into the race on the Republican ticket?

“Well, we live in America,” he said. “If he wants to run, I think he should. I believe my message will get out and if the voters approve, hopefully I’ll be the next congressman.”

Wake-Up Call

Morning Digest: September 22nd

Winners and Losers: Week of September 15th WINNERS Chris Christie NBC News reported Thursday evening that the U.S. Attorney’s Office has determined after a nine-month investigation that there is 'no evidence" so far that the governor had advance knowledge about any politically motivated scheme around the bridge lane closures...

Op-Ed

Legislation needed for publicly financed gubernatorial elections

By JEFF BRINDLE It is critical that the Legislature soon enact a pending bill that would ensure the state’s Gubernatorial Public Financing Program is available in the event of a special election for governor.  Not only is there no current legal... Read More >

Contributors

Sports and politics do mix: Welcome the next NFL Commissioner, Condi Rice          There are many sports fans who insist on believing that old bromide that sports and politics do... more »
(9-17-14) Viral Video Prompts Questionable NJ Municipal Ordinance -  Socrates said, “While I might disagree with what you say, I will defend to the death your right to say... more »
(Asbury Park, NJ) -- There's a word for someone who says one thing and does another: hypocrite.  There's no shortage of 'em in Trenton -- from ... more »
 The following letter was sent today to Republican state legislators, county chairs, state committee members, and New Hampshire... more »

Quote of the Day

quote of the day

"In many ways, Fulop has embraced McGreevey’s granular-level approach to retail politics, racing around the state to raise money for congressional candidates in South Jersey one night, showing up at a Morris County Democratic Party function the next. His administration has also awarded legal work to Weiner Lesniak, the Parsippany-based firm run by state Sen. Ray Lesniak, the Union County Democratic Party power broker." - columnist Charles Stile

- The Bergen Record

Poll

Who will succeed Gov. Chris Christie as New Jersey's governor?:

Blogroll

Visit the PolitickerNJ.com/resources page for links to the best collection of information on New Jersey state government.

 

  • Polls
  • The best blogs
  • Columnists
  • State election results
  • Assembly election results
  • Local party websites
  • And more.

PolitickerNJ.com/resources