NJ Politics Digest: Task Force Postpones Work Amid Legal Challenge From Norcross

George Norcross

George Norcross. (Photo: Observer file photo)

State Democratic power broker George Norcross has won a small victory in his fight against Gov. Phil Murphy. The task force that Murphy formed to investigate a tax incentive program and Norcross’ role in the program has agreed to delay its work until a judge decides on Norcross’ legal challenge to the investigation.

As the Inquirer reports, the panel was expected to release an initial report on its work during a meeting Tuesday. Norcross sought the delay until a judge can rule on a lawsuit he and several companies have filed against Murphy and task force members.

In the suit, the plaintiffs claim the task force unlawfully used subpoena powers and unfairly targeted Norcross and firms tied to him and tax incentives that were handed out in Camden. Norcross claims the investigation is damaging his reputation and harming him and the other plaintiffs. The task force has said it is confident the court will allow its work to move forward, the Inquirer reported.

A court hearing on Norcross’ request for a preliminary injunction is scheduled for June 17.

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NJ Politics Digest: Task Force Postpones Work Amid Legal Challenge From Norcross