When you’re a Democrat running for Congress without a viable opponent, you need to have a substitute to run against. That’s the gist of Donald Norcross’ announcement today where he surprised no one by declaring his candidacy for re-election. His bogeyman is none other than the man occupying the White House, Donald Trump.
Norcross isn’t a bombastic politician. Because of his pedigree, he is not exactly popular among South Jersey progressives. But he’s a steady vote for progressive initiatives, including raising the minimum wage, affordable health care and education, and was even one of a few dozen legislators who signed up for the impeachment of the other Donald.
His brother George, the boss of South Jersey Democratic politics, is a card-carrying member of Mar-a-Lago, and often anoints candidates for elected office (see NJ-2). So a dose of skepticism is warranted. But Donald Norcross’ voting record is good, and he’s going to win another term. Let’s hope he continues to be a thorn in the president’s side – and with a little luck may actually be in the majority in 2019.