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George Norcross III, the South Jersey Democratic power broker long at odds with the governor, has declared all-out war on Phil Murphy, calling him a “liar” and “politically incompetent.”
After enduring a steady drumbeat of criticism over how his company and other entities tied to him allegedly benefitted from lucrative tax incentives meant to help revive the city of Camden, Norcross went on the attack. He lambasted a special governor’s task force deployed to investigate the New Jersey Economic Development Authority in connection with those tax incentives, as well as the governor.
Issue - Millions - Dollars - State - Funding
At issue are millions of dollars in state funding that was earmarked for one of the state’s poorest cities, and questions over whether Norcross and his companies profited, or at least tipped the scales to funnel that funding behind the scenes by threatening to move jobs out of state that were never in danger of being shifted.
Norcross defended the tax incentives and the efforts to bring more money to Camden, the epicenter of his vast statewide influence.
Anything - Legislation - Benefit - Client - Nothing
“Do I think there is anything wrong with them going and advocating for, trying to affect or to offer legislation for the benefit of themselves and their client? Absolutely nothing inappropriate as long as they comply with the law. Nothing. Zero,” he said, in a wide-ranging phone interview that lasted nearly an hour and a half. “We busted our asses to do everything we could to get companies to come to American’s most dangerous city and its poorest city. What the **** is wrong with that, as long as you comply with the law?
At the same time, he claimed he had been clearly targeted by Murphy as part of an escalating political feud between the state’s North and South.
Strategy - Norcross - Force - Politics - Decades
“This was a designed strategy,” declared Norcross, a potent force in politics for decades with a...
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Why do democrats never have to face the reality of what's on the ground, like 2000 years of marriage.