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U.S. Senator Cory Booker. Photo by Kevin Sanders for New Jersey Globe.

Booker: Norcross ‘absolutely committed to Camden’

Democratic presidential candidate praises Camden resurgence

By David Wildstein, May 06 2019 11:53 am

U.S. Senator Cory Booker heaped praise on George Norcross today for his efforts to rejuvenate the city of Camden, putting the Democratic presidential candidate in the middle of Gov. Phil Murphy’s fight over tax incentives approved by the New Jersey Economic Development Authority.

“George Norcross is absolutely committed to Camden City,” said Booker.  “Assessing the success of the programs that incentivize this growth isn’t just good governance, but an opportunity to constantly improve policies and, ultimately, unleash the full potential of our people and state.”

Booker’s comments follow a series of brutal news stories that allege abuses of the tax credit program that might have benefitted Norcross, a South Jersey political leader and chairman of Cooper University Health Care.

“Anyone who visits Camden can see the revitalization that the city has experienced in recent years,” said Booker, a former mayor of Newark. “Attracting new investments, new jobs, and new businesses to one of the state’s most historically distressed communities has been a big part of that revitalization.”

On Friday. U.S. Senator Bob Menendez also jumped to Norcross’ defense.  Menendez and Booker are also political allies of Murphy.

Booker’s statement puts him in agreement with Menendez, who gave credit for the Camden resurgence to Norcross.

“There’s still much work to be done – in Camden and in places all over the state and country,” Booker said.

Last week, the task force Murphy convened to investigate the EDA programs pointed to oddities in applications filed by four firms with ties to Norcross, including Cooper University Health Care.

Two investigative reports — one by The New York Times and the other by Pro Publica — found that Kevin Sheehan, an attorney with ties to Norcross, wrote parts of the incentive programs’ enabling legislation and that a majority of the award money granted for development projects in Camden went to firms with ties to Norcross.

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3 thoughts on “Booker: Norcross ‘absolutely committed to Camden’

  1. Booker is part of this corrupt political boss machine and can not be trusted. This is a disgrace that Norcross positions these people to play dirty politics. He uses people of color and deceives them by endorsing Norcross candidates for local office. Norcross relies on these people to get re elected so they can allow him to continue stealing from the poor so he can live a lavish and rich life style. Its pathetic and so criminal.

  2. I’d like to hear Booker’s explanation for this. Google “Here’s The ‘Most Dangerous’ Community In New Jersey”.

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