Roberts and other South Jersey leaders line up behind Norcross

Members of the South Jersey Democratic Organization this afternoon officially closed ranks around Donald Norcrossas their candidate tofill the5th DistrictAssembly seat being vacated by Assembly Speaker Joseph Roberts (D-Camden).

Anassistant business manager of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 351 and president of the Southern New Jersey AFL-CIO Central Labor Council, which represents an estimated 85,000 workers, Norcross is the younger brother of South Jersey Democratic Party leaderGeorge Norcross III and a resident of Camden.

“I have known and worked with Donald Norcross for many years, and I can’t imagine a more capable, caring and determined person to represent the hard-working people in this district,” said Roberts. “I am gratified to know that with Donald’s election in November, our citizens will have a voice in Trenton with sound judgment, a solid record of achievement and a bold vision for the future.”

U.S. Rep. Rob Andrews (D-Haddon Heights)called Norcross the “ideal” Robertssuccessor.

“Donald combines all the qualities we look for in our public leaders – experience, integrity and a passion for looking out for those who need it the most,” said Andrews.”He cares first and foremost about the working families who are struggling each and every day to make ends meet. He knows their hardships — and he will stand up to the special interests in Trenton to make state government account for every dollar it spends and does not add another dime to the taxes paid by those who live and work in our state.”

Other South Jersey allies adding to the chorus of Norcross affirmation included Senate Majority Leader Steve Sweeney (D-Gloucester); state Sen. Dana Redd (D-Camden); state Sen. Jim Beach (chairman of the Camden County Democratic Party); Assemblywoman Nilsa Cruz-Perez (D-Camden); Gloucester County Democratic Party chairman Michael Angelini; Reverend Reginald T. Jackson, Executive Director of the Black Ministers’ Council of New Jersey; Camden County Freeholder Riletta Cream; Camden Mayor Gwendolyn Faison; Deptford Mayor Paul Medany; Woodbury Heights Mayor Harry Elton Jr; Bellmawr Mayor Frank Filipek Jr.; Gloucester Mayor Bill James.

“Donald’s record speaks for itself,” Sweeney said. “His tireless efforts on behalf of so many working men and women in this state are in the proud tradition of the Norcross family, whose members have always considered public service and charitable work to be a priority. He will pick up where Joe Roberts left off – doing what is right for our children, our seniors, our veterans, and the working families of New Jersey who play by the rules and deserve a fair shake from their government.”

Roberts and other South Jersey leaders line up behind Norcross