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Reid Coming to South Jersey for Whom?

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Harry ReidYou’d think the Senate Majority Leader would focus exclusively on Senate races, particularly in a cycle when his party is widely believed to be in serious danger of losing the upper chamber.

Caveat to this understandable presumption: George Norcross III “invites” you to help his brother.

Then all bets are off, Save Jerseyans.

That’s why Harry Reid will reportedly visit Cherry Hill on August 4th (h/t Matt Friedman) not to stump for Cory Booker, but to attend a fundraiser for Donald Norcross, the Democrat power broker’s brother and a sitting state senator seeking to claim Rob Andrews’s vacated House seat for himself by fending off a challenge from former Eagle Garry Cobb.

The Reid-Norcross connection goes deep; for example, Super PACs staffed by Reid staffers were instrumental in helping N.J. Democrats hold on to their state legislative majority in 2013.

 

Christie to Hold Court in Camden County

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Christie speaks at Rutgers Camden in 2012

Governor Christie speaks at Rutgers Camden in 2012

Most of Governor Chris Christie’s post-2012 town halls have taken place in Sandy-affected regions of Central Jersey and the Shore points, Save Jerseyans, and it’s not hard to see why, but for one day at least, he’s breaking out of that recovery-centric pattern on Wednesday as he heads to the suburban Camden County community of Haddon Heights.

The Q&A event, his 122nd, will focus on pension and benefits reform-related issues and is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. at the Atlantic Ave School Gymnasium (21 East Atlantic Avenue).

Christie’s choice of venue is more than symbolic.

A budget battle is heating up in Trenton, and Haddon Heights is represented by Donald Norcross (D-5), brother of the South Jersey Democrat Boss George Norcross III, the Governor’s sometimes ally who also happens to own the allegiance of Senate President Steve Sweeney’s legislative voting bloc. Undoubtedly the Governor hopes to ride into town one day after signing bipartisan arbitration cap legislation and apply a little pressure to the Democrats he’ll need in his camp to avoid a government shut down.

We’ll let you know how it goes. It’s always interesting…

 

The Second Yalta Conference

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

It’s New Jersey politics crica 2014 in a nutshell, Save Jerseyans.

In honor of the Governor and the Senate President gathering for yet another higher education “stimulus” groundbreaking on Wednesday….

Photo Credit (top): Tim Larsen/Governor’s Office

Photo Credit (top): Tim Larsen/Governor’s Office

Doherty, AFP Call Foul On Sixers Deal

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

The Rutgers-Camden campus near the Delaware Riverfront

The Rutgers-Camden campus near the Delaware Riverfront

More of the same Robin Hood fiscal practices that landed New Jersey in its current predicament? Or a necessary evil given the Democrat legislature’s hostility to tax cuts? Perhaps a little of A and B?

Two voices from the political right are letting their opinions be heard on the subject, Save Jerseyans, and both are strongly opposed to the 110,000 square foot Philadelphia 76ers practice facility on the Camden waterfront.

Why? Because it’s being subsidized by $86 million in tax credits from the Economic Development Authority

“Governor Christie states that we have an $800 million budget shortfall” State Sen. Mike Doherty said in a characteristically-direct statement. “Then why is New Jersey providing an $82 million gift for a billionaire?”

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Victorious Cobb Takes Aims at Machine

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Garry Cobb

Garry Cobb

Garry Cobb’s 2014 CD1 Primary victory speech as prepared for delivery on Tuesday night…

Thank you. Thank you.

Thank you Gloucester, Camden and Burlington County Republicans!

Gwen, I, and our entire family can’t thank you enough for all the hard work and help you gave me during this primary campaign.

Forgive me if I relate tonight to an Eagles football season…

but old habits die hard…

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GN3 Casts Shadow on CD1 GOP Primary

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

gustafson mailerThe worst crime imaginable among the Republican population of New Jersey’s First Congressional District? Being outed as a fake or “Norcross Republican,” one who is registered with the GOP but secretly (or not-so-secretly) in league with South Jersey’s notorious Democrat party boss George Norcross III. The fact that his brother, state Senator Donald Norcross (D-5), stands as Rob Andrews’s anointed successor in the Democrat column does nothing to assuage fears of Norcross interference on the other side of the aisle.

Paranoia? Not entirely without basis! Read this, that and here for all the validation you’ll need of my fellow South Jersey GOP’ers deeper and darker fears.

It’s therefore not all too shocking that the two primary contenders in this year’s race for the CD1 Republican nomination – former Philadelphia Eagle Garry Cobb and local business owner Claire Gustafson – are both actively accusing one another of conspiring with GN3.

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Katz Bests Norcross in Inky Auction

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

InquirerThe Philadelphia Inquirer auction is over, Save Jerseyans, and the outcome will surprise (and delight) many in equal measure.

A group led by Lewis Katz and Gerry Lenfest was reportedly the winner of a dramatic closed-to-the-press “English-style auction” for control of the Inquirer, Daily News, and Philly.com on Tuesday morning.

The final price tag? $88 million, $11 million higher than the court-imposed opening bid for the faction of Katz’s ally-turned-opponent and New Jersey political boss George Norcross III, a result which will undoubtedly please a news room concerned over the notorious politico’s influence over their work product as well as his many enemies (on both sides of the aisle) on this side of the Delaware. It’s a big loss for a guy who isn’t used to losing…

Developing….

The Inky’s Last Free Weekend

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

InquirerMemorial Day Weekend has blessedly arrived, Save Jerseyans, so most of you are already mentally gone to a place far, far away from your office desk like the Shore, a barbecue or, if you’re staying close to home, the bottom of a frozen Margarita in your backyard.

Next week? Things get real. We’ll be only one week removed from Primary Day and, as you may or may not know, on the verge of learning the ultimate fate of one our region’s reining daily newspapers.

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Declare Your Allegiance

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

HBO’s smash hit ‘Game of Thrones’ series is back on the air, Save Jerseyans, and if you’re anything like me, you love every minute of it.

Of course, you and I don’t need to transport ourselves to the fantastical realm of Westeros for an ample supply of corrupt, greed, scheming, perversion, violence and intrigue. We live in New Jersey! Did the Starks close the Wall to punish political enemies? Did the Lannisters sell kidneys on the black market? The Game of Jersey is a game without equal.

Whose side are you on? Declare your allegiance with one of the six Facebook profile badges posted below…

House Christie:

House Christie

House Norcross:

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Another Ballot Petition Snafu

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Garry Cobb

Garry Cobb

Garry Cobb is the latest high-profile 2014 candidate to run into ballot petition problems, Save Jerseyans.

It’s a little complicated so follow along carefully: Cobb needed to file two sets of petitions this time around for both the general election AND the special election to replace Rob Andrews, as did the other Democrat and Republican challengers in CD1.

What does this mean? Unless Garry Cobb gets 200 write-in signatures on June 3 as permitted by N.J.S.A. 19:14-2.1, then he’ll appear on ballot just once in November, in the general election column, but not for the special, setting up a situation where Cobb could theoretically win the general election but lose the special election, a set of circumstances whereupon Norcross would fill Andrews’ vacated seat from Election Day until the new Congress convenes in January 2015.

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Norcross Draws Primary Challenge

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

DonkeyFrom CBS News:

Logan Township Mayor Frank Minor is expected to announce his candidacy for the open seat. He’s been in office 11 years and also works as a top official at the Delaware River and Bay Authority.  The only announced Democrat in the race, state senator Donald Norcross, has much of the announced official party support. But Minor is undaunted.

“I don’t have the resources to compete with the Norcross machine obviously. We’ll run a spirited campaign,” Minor tells KYW Newsradio. “We’ll run a campaign based upon the issues and the qualifications and we’ll run a campaign with whatever resources that I have at my disposal.”

Presumptive GOP nominee Garry Cobb is formally launching his campaign on Monday as reported first by Save Jersey.

 

UPDATE: Cobb to Challenge Norcross

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

UPDATE #2

We reconfirmed today’s big CD1 news tonight, Save Jerseyans: our sources were right; Garry Cobb is a candidate for Congress! I caught up with him at the Camden County Republican Committee meeting in Haddon Township…

Garry Cobb

UPDATE #1

Nothing is ever smooth for the South Jersey GOP… ever…

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Greenwald Professes Trust in Christie

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Lou GreenwaldAssembly Majority Leader Lou “Empty Suit” Greenwald (D-6) addressed the Chamber of Commerce of Southern New Jersey legislative on Wednesday night, Save Jerseyans, at a well-catered reception held at the popular Mansion venue in suburban Voorhees Township (Camden County).

Sources at the event report he expounded on the cookie cutter things you’d expect a politician to discuss with a business group, including but not limited to the importance of developing South Jersey’s medical and educational infrastructure to benefit the regional economy.

But he also expressed concern over the ongoing Bridgegate kerfuffle… and expressed his hope (real or feigned) that the investigation remain non-partisan moving forward…

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Save Jersey’s Donald Norcross Interview

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Donald Norcross

Donald Norcross

Who is Donald Norcross?

Everyone wants to know (or at least get to know the family’s most powerful member) now that the relatively low-key 5th Legislative District state senator is the clear favorite to succeed Rob Andrews following Tuesday’s surprise resignation.

There’s no better way to begin your introduction than by way of a nearly 20-minute interview. We don’t interview many Democrats, it’s true, but we made an exception two years ago…

By way of background, the hugely-controversial attempted merger of Rutgers-Camden and Rowan University forged strange battle lines in New Jersey politics. Save Jersey bloggers strongly opposed the original Rutgers-Rowan merger. George Norcross III, Donald Norcross’s brother, was the leading political force behind it. With that backdrop, in May 2012, our Managing Editor Brian McGovern visited Senator Norcross at his Audubon district office to discuss the many ins and outs of the merger proposal as it stood at that time.

Watch below the fold:

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UPDATE: Andrews Will Resign Feb. 18th

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Rob Andrews

Claiming that an ongoing House ethics inquiry “played no role at all in his decision to resign,” Save Jerseyans, veteran South Jersey Rep. Rob Andrews (D-NJ01) announced his pending resignation today at a presser in his Haddon Heights district office.

He will remain on the job until February 18th, after which time a vacancy will occur. Andrews also endorsed state Senator Donald Norcross (D-5) to replace him at the press conference, brother of party boss and media/medical mogul George Norcross III.

Andrews will head the Washington, D.C. office of the mega law firm Dilworth Paxson.

Leading potential GOP candidates include former NFL star Garry Cobb (R-Cherry Hill) our own Susanne LaFrankie (R-Haddonfield), formally a reporter for ABC’s Philly station.

Tuesday’s original story from the Inky:

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Norcross Defends Christie

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Christie and NorcrossSorry, Senator Weinberg. New Jersey’s most powerful Democrat has a message for his national party and other Dems (like Loretta Weinberg) seeking to make hay out of the NY/NJ Port Authority flap: build a bridge and get over it.

h/t Washington Post:

George Norcross III, an influential Democratic figure in South Jersey and a sometime Christie ally, said Democrats should “be focusing on their own candidates and their own profile.”

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Norcross Faction Pitches $29M Inky Buyout

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

norcrosssupermanThe struggle for control of one of our region’s largest print dailies is progressing to a considerably more intense level of internal warfare, Save Jerseyans.

Save Jersey obtained a copy of the following press release which is circulating in The Philadelphia Inquirer universe today authored by the Echo Group, LLC, spokespersons on behalf of the majority owners of Interstate General Media, a group which includes South Jersey Democrat chieftain George Norcross III.

It’s worth a read in its entirety; power politics and big money working in tandem is something to behold:

Today, the majority owners of Interstate General Media (IGM), who together hold 58 percent of the company and represent four of six directors, announced they are offering to purchase the minority share of the company owned by Lewis Katz and Gerry Lenfest in order to end the current dispute between the groups and provide stability to the company.

The following is a statement from George E. Norcross, III and William P. Hankowsky, two of the majority owner group of IGM.

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