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Gustafson launches digital ad hitting Norcross on tax incentives

By Nikita Biryukov, September 14 2020 3:12 pm

Republican House candidate Claire Gustafson launched a new digital ad hitting Rep. Donald Norcross (D-Camden) over a law that created an embattled tax incentives program.

“Donald Norcross bragged about getting a law passed to deliver us jobs. Instead, his family and friends got millions in tax breaks,” she said in the 30-second spot. “I don’t have a political boss for a big brother. Unlike Donald Norcross, I am unbought and unbossed.”

The attack is a reference to the 2013 Economic Opportunity Act. The act, penned in part by allies of South Jersey powerbroker George Norcross, the congressman’s brother, created tax incentive programs that often had only loose oversight.

The ad’s title, is a reference to Shirley Chisholm, a black woman who was elected to Congress in 1968 and sought the Democratic nomination for president in 1972.

“It’s been 100 years since women won the right to vote and in the First Congressional District it’s still the good old boys’ network of the South Jersey political cartel that decided who our congressman is.” Claire Gustafson said, “Considering no woman has ever been elected to Congress in this district it makes sense that I borrowed the campaign slogan of a trailblazer like Shirley Chisholm for our campaign ads.”

The first district is safely Democratic.

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