Is Phil Murphy resuming open pre-Covid hostilities with the South Jersey Machine?
A Wednesday report from NJ Advance Media’s Ted Sherman explains that the New Jersey Attorney General’s office is actively probing allegedly corrupt Camden, New Jersey development deals, and there’s reportedly a pattern in the information sought by investigators.
“NJ Advance Media learned many of the records sought by the subpoenas are related to companies, individuals and transactions that have been publicly tied to South Jersey Democratic powerbroker George E. Norcross III, who wields great influence in Camden,”wrote Sherman.
Antagonism between the Democrat Murphy and Norcross – the most powerful figure in South Jersey Democrat circles – is nothing new. Back in 2019, a Murphy Administration task force released a report concluding that the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA), among other alleged problems, “did not have adequate procedures in place” to properly consider applications for awards.
Conversely (and ironically), Norcross had enjoyed warm relations with Republican governor Chris Christie for eight years with the pair forming a political alliance at the expense of South Jersey Republican candidates.