George Norcross has assembled a high-powered dream team of New Jersey lawyers, according to a letter sent to the counsel of the task force probing tax incentives granted by the New Jersey Economic Development Commission obtained by the New Jersey Globe.
Connor Strong & Buckalew, the insurance company headed by Norcross, is being represented by former New Jersey attorney general Christopher Porrino, former U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff, and two of the state’s most prominent attorneys, Michael Critchley, Sr. and William Tambussi.
Cooper University Health Care, which is chaired by Norcross, has retained former U.S. District Court Judge Herbert Stern, as well as Porrino.
Another top lawyer, Kevin Marino, has been retained to represent Parker McCay, a South Jersey law firm headed by Norcross’ brother, Phil.
Porrino’s representation of Connor Strong and Cooper comes at the same time he is representing Gov. Phil Murphy’s administration in a legislative probe of transition hiring practices that resulted in Al Alvarez obtaining a top state position despite. That probe is ongoing. Critchley is the counsel to the legislative committee in the same investigation.
Chertoff and Stern are both former U.S. Attorneys for New Jersey. Chertoff served as a judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the third circuit before President George W. Bush named him to his cabinet in 2005.
Marino most recently represented Ocean County GOP chairman George Gilmore in his federal tax evasion trial.