I spent part of my afternoon tweeting and emailing an MSNBC anchor who’s done a particularly good job demystifying the web of Gov. Christie’s scandals, to convince him it’s time George Norcross got the kind of national examination his impact on New Jersey politics deserves.
As I was doing that, the Washington Post was busy posting this: Never heard of George Norcross? Here’s why you need to. Quoting:
Almost as swiftly as word surfaced Tuesday that Rep. Rob Andrews (D-N.J.) plans to resign from Congress, a replacement was all but anointed. If he wins, it will be a boon to one of the most powerful figures in politics most people have probably never heard of.
That replacement, as you knew the same moment you knew Andrews is exiting, is Donald Norcross. As we talked about today, Donald N. has had the kind of charmed life in politics that politicians operating in the world of meritocracy never get to have. Which is not to say Norcross shouldn’t have the seat, merely that he should compete for it.
As Sean Sullivan writes in WaPo, if Donald’s in, it further solidifies his brother’s power. And backup for Donald’s
chances coronation came quickly; Sullivan joking (not really) that he might just have known Andrews’ resignation was coming, linking to PolitickerNJ’s running list of pols going on record today for Donald. (yes, mainly from Planet Norcross).
WaPo notes the superPAC tied to Norcross that played heavily in NJ legislative races last year. And the not-insignificant fact of Norcross’ ownership of the biggest paper in Andrews’ CD. Then this:
If you’re wondering why that could matter in a House special election, bear in mind that Norcross controls the endorsement process for the paper. Of course, given the rallying effect behind his brother, the endorsement may be immaterial. Which, of course, simply reflects the reach and power of George Norcross.