Gov. Phil Murphy will headline a fundraiser this month for Rep. Donald Norcross (D-Camden) with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, a move that effectively ends any credible bid by progressives to challenge the brother of Democratic powerbroker George Norcross in the Democratic primary.
Despite a toxic rivalry between Murphy and Norcross, there is agreement over the re-election of the South Jersey congressman who serves as vice chairman of the Congressional Progressive Caucus.
Some progressives have discussed recruiting a primary challenger to the four-term congressman and former South Jersey AFL-CIO president, but an uphill battle to win that race is further complicated by Murphy and others backing the incumbent.
Last year, CWA state director Hetty Rosenstein and New Jersey Education Association president Marie Blistan co-hosted a high-dollar fundraiser for Donald Norcross.
Just days before the June 2019 primary, Murphy publicly endorsed two allies of George Norcross, Louis Greenwald (D-Voorhees) and Pamela Lampitt (D-Cherry Hill) for re-election to the State Assembly despite a primary challenge from a slate backed by the grassroots South Jersey Progressive Democrats.