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Sue Altman, state director of New Jersey Working Families

Grassroots groups seek Norcross probe

Ask federal, state prosecutors to open investigation

By David Wildstein, May 30 2019 11:20 am

A dozen grassroots organizations are asking federal and state prosecutors to investigate South Jersey Democratic leader George Norcross and his brothers, Rep. Donald Norcross (D-Camden) and attorney Phil Norcross, for their involvement in a tax subsidies awarded by the state Economic Development Authority.

The New Jersey Attorney General’s office has said they have opened an investigation into the tax credit program following a referral from a task force appointed by Gov. Phil Murphy.

In a letter to prosecutors, the groups allege that there is “specific evidence in the public domain to focus on the Norcross family.”

“The past few months have uncovered a wealth of troubling evidence about the dirty deals underlying this tax incentive program,” said Working Families New Jersey state director Sue Altman. “At the center of this scandal are people tied to the Norcross brothers. State and federal prosecutors need to work together to uncover the truth about how this law was passed and who it was designed to benefit.”

The letter was signed by the New Jersey Working Families Alliance, NJ 11th for Change, Ridgewood JOLT, Westfield 20/20, Our Revolution Essex County, Indivisible NJ th District, ATNJ, Women for Progress, Cooper River Indivisible, South Jersey Women for Progressive Change, Collingswood Progressive Democrats and Essex Rising.

“If the last few months of reporting and investigations have shown us anything about George Norcross’ vice-grip hold on the EDA and New Jersey politics, it is that there is still more to be uncovered here,” said Saily Avelenda, executive director of NJ 11th for Change. “We support New Jersey Working Family’s call for criminal investigations of the Norcross family enterprise because we deserve answers. The people of New Jersey deserve to know how far the Norcross family influence extends, and to what extent the legislators representing them in the statehouse and the halls of Congress are part of that network. We demand transparence and accountability at all levels of our government, and if we are ever going to achieve that, we need to start with George Norcross.”

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