With the swearing in of Dana Redd as the Mayor of Camden, the political changes continue. Her departure created the need for a new Senator and that choice has opened the door for another new member of the Assembly. South Jersey leaders put out a release this afternoon announcing support for Don Norcross to move up to the Senate, instead of the Assembly seat he was recently elected to and Camden City Councilman Gilbert “Whip” Wilson to be the next Assemblyman:
Among the supporters are U.S. Rep. Robert E. Andrews, Assembly Speaker Joseph Roberts, Camden Mayor Dana Redd and State Sen. President Stephen Sweeney. Also rallying behind Norcross and Wilson are Lloyd Henderson Esq., a prominent African-American leader; the Rev. Reginald Jackson, executive-director of the Black Ministers Council of New Jersey; Bishop David Evans of Bethany Baptist Church; Logan Township Mayor Frank Minor, chairman of the South Jersey Political Black Caucus; Camden Mayor Gwendolyn Faison; and Jeannine LaRue, vice-president of Rutgers University and former deputy chief-of-staff to Gov. Jon Corzine.
Wilson is a former police lieutenant who currently serves on the Camden Council. The list of supporters included elected officials, labor leaders, county chairs, municipal chairmen and religious leaders. Norcross was elected to the Assembly in November along with Angel Fuentes. PNJ says that Norcross will be sworn into the Assembly, but won’t be there very long:
Norcross will serve in the state assembly for four days before Democratic committee members from the district hold a special election on Jan. 16 that will almost certainly send him on to the state senate.
I’ll put the full list of supporters from the release below the fold. While it all appears to be a done deal, there is no doubt questions will continue to be asked about the process of selecting those new leaders. You will have a completely new slate of elected officials in the Legislature from the 5th as what was Redd, Roberts and Cruz-Perez, will now apparently be Norcross, Fuentes and Wilson.