CAMDEN – The campaign of Donald Norcross, the Democratic candidate in the First Congressional District, sharply criticized Republican rival Garry Cobb on Wednesday for what the campaign asserts is a “disturbing pattern” in recent statements he has made.
A South Jersey Democratic operative sent a screen shot to PolitickerNJ on Wednesday of what they claimed was a Facebook post recently up on the Garry Cobb for Congress Facebook page.
“Just as I worked with Republican Gov. Chris Christie to pass landmark bail reform registration, I am eager to work with anyone and everyone to get things done for my constituents,” the Cobb campaign post read.
A search of recent postings on the Garry Cobb for Congress Facebook page appears to indicate that the post has been taken down.
A statement issued by Ken Shuttleworth, Norcross’ campaign spokesman, decries what he states is Cobb’s “attempt to take credit for bail reform legislation Donald Norcross sponsored when Cobb had absolutely nothing to do with its passage, only to remove his Facebook post about it without explanation or an apology. This is a disturbing pattern of Mr. Cobb simply not leveling with people about what he’s done and what he believes.”
But Cobb campaign spokeswoman Alyssa Lafage stated that the removal of the Facebook post was a matter of practicality, not a pattern.
“Garry believes strongly in holding people accountable. The Facebook posts that included errors have been taken down and the individual responsible for the content has been let go,” Lafage said in a written statement. “We are glad to hear that Senator Norcorss’s staff is paying such close attention to the Cobb campaign’s social media activity despite refusing to accept Garry’s debate challenge, which we issued over a week ago. It’s time for Senator Norcross to engage in a serious debate and address the important issues affecting South Jersey.”
Cobb, a former Philadelphia Eagles linebacker and a WIP radio co-host, is battling Norcross, the state Senator from the Fifth Legislative District and younger brother of South Jersey Democratic power broker George Norcross III, for New Jersey’s First Congressional District seat. The seat was vacated by former U.S. Rep. Rob Andrews, who resigned in February. The district is comprised of municipalities from Burlington, Camden and Gloucester counties.