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The Record Calls Out Camden Machine

January 22, 2010
Nepotism Beneficiary Sen. Donald Norcross

Nepotism Beneficiary Sen. Donald Norcross

In today’s piece on the power of the independent-(and fiscal)-minded voter, Alfred P. Doblin, editorial page editor of The Record, brought to light something we here in South Jersey and in political circles across the state already know – the South Jersey Norcross Machine is chock full of cronyism and nepotism, and the state suffers from a districting system that is crumbling under it own weight.  But, the author points out, people are waking up, and they – not legislators – are making changes for the better.

One clone is replaced by another clone. In New Jersey, the democratic process is on life support. Consider the meteoric rise of Donald Norcross, the brother of South Jersey Democratic powerbroker George Norcross. He was seated in the Assembly just last week. This week he became a state Senator, replacing Dana Redd, who was elected mayor of Camden. Next week, who knows? Joe Biden might not want to call in sick anytime soon…

Norcross – George and Donald – may be able to do what they want for now, but if New Jersey’s silent majority mobilizes, I’m not so sure. New Jersey must eliminate its ruling political class. It does not require legislative action on term limits. It involves voter action on term-limiting elected officials.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. Cindy Rau-Hatton permalink
    January 22, 2010 9:31 am

    The Norcross chess game- moving his “players” in strategic moves that benefit him. Good for Geoige- bad for democracy and the good people of Camden County!

  2. Bill permalink
    January 22, 2010 10:55 am

    The Machine should be in Jail. Beyond a Reasonable Doubt, this is a good Movie. Let’s hope there hasn’t been a deal made between the new governor and this machine. This could be a real disappointment. What baffles us the most is why he didn’t take the Machine down when he was US Attorney. What was his luncheon with the machine back in 2003 all about and why Bryant and not the Machine. I don’t want to hear that he wasn’t an elected official, that’s a crock. Capone wasn’t elected and neither were mob bosses. This Machine is dangerous, destructive and out of control. There has got to be something to this story. It is awfully fishy. Makes you wonder if this wasn’t a set up. Governors seat in exchange for the senate seat for his brother Donald and Sweeney as Senate President. This may be what went down.

  3. marie permalink
    January 22, 2010 5:16 pm

    Bill, your observation about our new gov and the Norcross machine is scary..I’m expecting a crime busting dynamo from CC and so are all who rose up to change Trenton. Let’s keep a close eye on what’s happening…..Personally, I think we need to band together all the little Davids to bring down the Goliath that is Norcross.. His supporters say he’s done lots of good for our area. But in a democracy when one person is so very powerful and holds so much sway over others and can do so in a covert manner, it is SCARY.

  4. Jan permalink
    April 8, 2010 1:06 pm

    Norcross is a jackass and we hope he goes down this year. WE HATE NORCROSS

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