Is Norcross just a local guy?

The powerful South Jersey Democratic machine has lost their last three statewide primaries: Rob Andrews for Governor in 1997, Jim Florio for U.S. Senate in 2000, and Andrews for Senate in 2008. That doesn’t say much for the supposed influence of party leader George Norcross, who so far has not been able to extend his clout outside his own region on the state. Norcross, who was the driving force behind Florio ’00 and Andrews ’08, was able to help Andrews win some key endorsements in northern New Jersey, but no organizational endorsements or county lines. Norcross is enormously powerful – ultimately, winning two State Senate seats in 2007 was more important to his organization than a U.S. Senate seat — but is he just a regional guy?