Southern Jersey AFL-CIO President Donald Norcross, the brother of one of the state's most powerful political insiders, won the Democratic nomination for State Assembly in the fifth district today. He ran unopposed at a special convention of Camden County Democrats to replace Assembly Speaker Joseph Roberts (D-Camden), who announced last month that he would not seek re-election.
"I believe we must change the way business is done in Trenton," Norcross told Democrats today. "We must put our partisan differences and the special interests aside to do what is best for the ordinary, hard-working taxpayers of this state. The status quo is not working. The state government is wasting too much of our money."
Norcross, the Camden County Democratic Co-Chairman and the brother of George Norcross III, called for a state-government spending freeze and a moratorium on tax increases.
Norcross will run with Camden City Councilman Angel Fuentes. Another incumbent, Assemblywoman Nilsa Cruz-Perez (D-Camden), is also not seeking re-election. They will face Republicans Brian Kluchnick and Stepfanie Velez-Gentry in a heavily Democratic district.