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Leaders of the progressive wing of the New Jersey Democratic Party continue to give early support to the re-election of Rep. Donald Norcross (D-Camden) next year, seemingly closing the door on a possible challenge to him in the 2020 Democratic primary in New Jersey’s 1st district.
New Jersey CWA State Director Hetty Rosenstein and New Jersey Education Association President Marie Blistan are serving as hosts of a high-dollar fundraiser for the Norcross campaign set for next month in Collingswood.
Rosenstein and Blistan appear to be judging Norcross by his record as a congressman – he serves as Vice Chair of the House Progressive Caucus – and separating him from his brother, Democratic powerbroker George Norcross.
Gov. Phil Murphy, a political rival of George Norcross, has already endorsed Donald Norcross’ re-election bid.
Environment New Jersey Director Doug O’Malley and New Jersey Sierra Club Director Jeff Tittel are also on the Norcross Host Committee, along with United Progressive Democrats founder Elizabeth Volz, Garden State Equality Executive Director Christian Fuscarino and AFSCME New Jersey Council Executive Director Steve Tully.
Along with Rosenstein and Blistan, New Jersey State Building and Construction Trades Council President Bill Mullen, New Jersey AFL-CIO President Charles Wowkanech, National AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Elizabeth Shuler, and New Jersey State NAACP President Richard T. Smith are also hosting the Norcross fundraiser.
The host committee is a virtual Who’s Who of New Jersey organized labor – no surprise since Norcross was the president of the South Jersey AFL-CIO before his election to Conrgess in 2014.
Norcross has traditionally had a stable of big-name Democrats attend his fundraising events.
Former Vice President Joe Biden and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg headlined his 2018 fundraisers. Past Norcross fundraiser draws have included Hillary Clinton, Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, Chuck Schumer, James Carville, and Alec Baldwin.
TV personality Kelly Ripa, the daughter of Camden County Clerk Joe Ripa, has attended five of Norcross’ fundraisers.
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%.Donald Norcross Invite 091619