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Camden GOP Chairman Rich Ambrosino. (Photo: Rich Ambrosino).

Ambrosino breaks silence on Murphy-Norcross feud

GOP chair calls for regime change in Camden County

By Nikita Biryukov, May 22 2019 4:45 pm

Camden County Republican Chairman Richard Ambrosino broke his silence one the growing feud between Gov. Phil Murphy and Democratic power broker George Norcross.

“While this fight has shown us the Governor now sees Camden County as more than just a place to dump brine and rock salt, if this public fight were only about tax incentives I might continue to sit on the sidelines and watch,” Ambrosino said. “We can argue all day about whether tax incentives are good or bad, but this particular program, instituted under former Governor Chris Christie was a good idea gone bad. The program went bad as soon as someone decided it was a good idea to use these tax incentives to move companies and their tax dollars from the suburbs to Camden City.”

Parts of the 2013 law that created the tax incentive programs at the center of the feud were drafted by Kevin Sheehan, a lawyer for Parker McKay, which is headed by Phil Norcross.

Politicos on allied with the Norcross regime claim Murphy and the task force he convened to investigate abuses of the Economic Development Authority’s tax incentives are singling out Camden, though the task force has raised concerns about applications filed by firms in Jersey City as well.

To the Republican chairman, the infighting is proof that regime change is needed in Camden.

“After 28 years of doing the same thing over and over it’s time for folks to spare us the phony outrage,” Ambrosino said. “In Camden County the past 28 years have corrupted the democratic process and led to a public fight with the state’s governor. To restore law, order, ethics and transparency to local government it’s time for Camden County voters to stop voting the way they’ve voted for nearly three decades and end the status quo.”

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