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Rep. Donald Norcross (D-Camden). Photo by Kevin Sanders for the New Jersey Globe.

Congressional Progressive Caucus backs Norcross re-election

South Jersey congressman locking up endorsements for 2020

By David Wildstein, September 24 2019 12:53 pm

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The Congressional Progressive Caucus PAC has endorsed Rep. Donald Norcross (D-Camden) for re-election next year.

No Democrats have said they plan to challenge Norcross in the 2020 Democratic primary in New Jersey’s 1st district.

Norcross is the vice chair and liaison to organized labor for the caucus.  He is one of 31 incumbents to win the endorsement, and one of two from New Jersey.  The caucus endorsed freshman Rep. Andy Kim (D-Marlton) in June.

“I’m proud to stand with Congressman Norcross as we fight for our shared progressive priorities, from reducing the costs of childcare and prescription drugs to protecting the rights of America’s immigrants,” said Progressive Caucus Co-Chair Pramila Jayapal (D-Washington).  “Don’s unique perspective as a labor leader and worker advocate is critical to the success of our progressive agenda to raise wages and lift up working families.”

Several progressive leaders are already backing Norcross for re-election.

New Jersey CWA State Director Hetty Rosenstein and New Jersey Education Association President Marie Blistan co-hosted a Norcross fundraiser last week, along with Environment New Jersey Director Doug O’Malley, New Jersey Sierra Club Director Jeff Tittel,  United Progressive Democrats founder Elizabeth Volz, Garden State Equality Executive Director Christian Fuscarino and AFSCME New Jersey Council Executive Director Steve Tully.

Gov. Phil Murphy, a political rival of Norcross’ brother, has also announced that he would back the Camden County congressman for re-election.

Norcross faced a challenge in the 2016 Democratic primary from a supporter of Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign, Alex Law.  He won by 32,767 votes, a margin of 70%-30%.

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