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Norcross and Wilson get support for Senate and Assembly

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.  

Norcross chosen to replace Roberts

From an email sent out by Chairman Angelini of Gloucester County and Beach of Camden County:

Donald W. Norcross was unanimously nominated today to be the Democratic candidate for the 5th District State Assembly seat being vacated by Speaker Joseph Roberts. Norcross, a longtime labor leader whose work on behalf of working families, charities and civic ventures has earned him the respect of ordinary citizens as well as government and community leaders, was chosen at a special meeting of the Camden and Gloucester Democratic county committees. A resident of Camden, Norcross will be seeking the position left open by Roberts’ decision not to run for another term in the November election.

And a comment from the new Assembly candidate:

“I believe we must change the way business is done in Trenton,” Norcross told hundreds of Democrats attending the meeting at Brooklawn American Legion Post # 72.  “We must put our partisan differences and the special interests aside to do what is best for the ordinary, hard-working taxpayers of this state. The status quo is not working. The state government is wasting too much of our money.”

Norcross called for a state-government spending freeze and a moratorium on tax increases. He said that if elected he will push initiatives to create jobs for the growing number of unemployed New Jerseyans, institute tax breaks and other economic incentives for small businesses and stimulate New Jersey’s struggling economy.”

Norcross will now run with Camden City Council President Angel Fuentes for the seats in November. The changes may not be done in the 5th however, as State Senator Dana Redd is expected to win Mayor of Camden. That would mean that a new Senator would be coming as well and Wally speculated about the implications of that change on a potential contest for Senate President. I’m sure there are varied opinions on this as always. Have at it, but let’s try to keep it civil.

Norcross on why he is running

We all know by now that Donald Norcross will run for the seat being vacated by Joe Roberts. I’ll admit I don’t know much about him: The papers mainly mention him as George Norcross’s brother, but Blue Jersey users who do know him all seem to praise him.  I was just forwarded an e-mail in which Donald Norcross lays out the motivation for his candidacy and his qualifications for the Assembly.  I must say it’s an impressive case:    

Bryant Won’t Run Again

State Senator Wayne Bryant announced today that he will not seek re-election:

“Recent events in my personal and professional life have caused me to carefully analyze and reconsider my priorities and my future,” Bryant said in a statement released shortly after 1 p.m. “Accordingly, after thoughtful deliberation and discussions with my family and friends, I have decided not to seek re-election to the New Jersey State Senate.”

If you like, share your favorite Bryant stories in the comments.