Check out the big brain on Kevin Riordan over at the Philadelphia Inquirer. On Sunday he called major BS on South Jersey Democrat power broker George Norcross III, who is pushing privatization efforts across Camden. This bit comes from the paper’s Sunday Edition, but the whole thing is worth reading.
“In the last 25 years, it’s fair to say Camden has gotten, in large part, not better but worse,” (Norcross) says. “Many would argue it’s gotten remarkably worse.”
He’s right. Many would.
Many also would argue that “the political establishment” and “leadership” in the city have long been wholly owned subsidiaries of the Camden County Democratic organization.
You know, that sophisticated, impressively financed operation with which Norcross has been synonymous for . . . pretty much 25 years, if not longer.
The organization’s hallmarks include an almost uncanny ability to sniff out and snuff out (or, at least, co-opt) any competition – the sort of competition he now finds so lacking in, say, the school system.
Norcross doesn’t particularly care for my observation, but he’s not about to lose his cool.
Plus, he has a pretty good comeback.
“If I was so influential in Camden’s government over decades,” he says, “it would look a hell of a lot better than it does today.”
So much for the pretty good part.
“There was no [Democratic] machine in the city of Camden,” he insists. “No such thing.”