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George E. Norcross III. (Photo by Kevin Sanders for the New Jersey Globe).

Norcross asks to testify before legislative committee

Democratic powerbroker wants to ‘lift the clouds of suspicion’

By David Wildstein, June 18 2019 4:12 pm

Calling a report issued by the Governor’s EDA Task Force “erroneous and factually incorrect and misleading,” George Norcross is asking to testify before a legislative committees looking at the state’s tax incentive program.

“I want to be clear: while it has been my name that has largely been attacked, the Task Force asked the EDA to recalculate awards for Conner Strong & Buckelew as if it had never considered leaving for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania – and the EDA concluded, even with the recalculation, that Conner Strong & Buckelew’s award would have stayed the same,” Norcross said in a letter to the legislative committee chairs.

Norcross said he wants to “lift the clouds of suspicion that has settled around all 31 firms that have moved to Camden under the same set of rules.”

“There is a great story to tell about Camden, why these firms are moving or expanding there, and the process each followed to be approved for tax incentives,” Norcross said. “Beginning with the Legislative hearings, we will tell it.”

The Democratic powerbroker told the legislators that he is “willing and ready to publicly discuss our application for tax incentives and our decision to move to Camden in any fair and appropriate forum, including the inquiry by the New Jersey Attorney General, just as we did with the review by the United States Attorney’s office several years ago.”

“Due to the misrepresentations emanating from the Governor’s Task Force, the public discussion about the Grow NJ program has been so widely distorted that it bears little resemblance to how the program works and what the criteria for being approved for credits are,” Norcross said.

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