NJ Politics Digest: Democrat Power Broker Under Pressure Over Tax Incentives

Chris Christie, George Norcross, center, and Steve Sweeney, right.

Chris Christie, George Norcross, (center) and Steve Sweeney (right). Tim Larsen/Governor's Office

George Norcross has long been recognized as one of the New Jersey’s top political power brokers. A report by New York radio station WNYC and ProPublica has cast the spotlight on state tax incentives awarded to Norcross’ firm, his business partners, and clients of his brother’s law firm.

The report found that the city of Camden received more than four times as many tax breaks as the total awarded to other designated growth zones in the state. Companies associated with Norcross, his family and allies received at least $1.1 billion of the $1.6 billion awarded.

In a statement, Norcross praised the report for detailing “the massive undertaking to help rebuild Camden’s future,” according to ROI-NJ.

Norcross is a key ally of state Senate President Steve Sweeney. While Sweeney and Gov. Phil Murphy are both Democrats, the two have been locked in a power struggle since Murphy took office. Murphy, whose administration has been plagued by a variety of patronage scandals, has been pushing for an investigation into how the state awards tax incentives.

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