New Jersey Democrat George Norcross Indicted On Racketeering Charges

George Norcross, a prominent Democrat and influential figure in New Jersey politics, has been indicted on racketeering charges, signaling a major development in the state’s political scene. The indictment, made public on Monday, also charges Norcross’s brother, Philip Norcross, and several other individuals.

The 111-page indictment, brought forward by New Jersey Attorney General Matthew Platkin, accuses George Norcross of leading a “criminal enterprise” in South New Jersey. The charges allege that Norcross and his associates used their political influence to manipulate economic redevelopment projects in Camden, New Jersey, for their financial gain.

According to the indictment, the Norcross-led enterprise used their power to secure property rights and tax incentive credits, which were then sold for millions of dollars.

Platkin, during a press conference attended by George Norcross, detailed the extensive impact of these actions. “The indictment unsealed today alleges that George Norcross has been running a criminal enterprise in this state for at least the last twelve years,” Platkin said.

Platkin further criticized the misuse of political power, stating, “On full display in this indictment is how a group of unelected, private businessmen used their power and influence to get government to aid their criminal enterprise and further its interests. The alleged conduct of the Norcross Enterprise has caused great harm to individuals, businesses, non-profits, the people of the State of New Jersey, and especially the City of Camden and its residents.”

The charges assert that the defendants exploited their political connections to direct economic redevelopment efforts along the Camden waterfront, benefiting entities like Cooper Health and Conner Strong & Buckelew (CSB). George Norcross, a 68-year-old insurance executive and former member of the Democratic National Committee, has held significant positions such as chair of the board of trustees at Cooper University Health Care and chair of Conner Strong & Buckelew.

Despite currently living in Florida, Norcross was present at the press conference in Trenton where the charges were announced. The 13-count indictment accuses him and his associates of using their influence to benefit financially from redevelopment projects, thus causing significant damage to various stakeholders in New Jersey.

The indictment of George Norcross represents a significant moment in New Jersey politics, potentially reshaping the landscape for years to come. The allegations suggest a long-standing network of corruption that has influenced state and local governance, leading to extensive harm to individuals and communities.

As the legal process progresses, the case against Norcross and his associates could uncover more details about the extent of political corruption in New Jersey. This high-profile indictment could also pave the way for further investigations and charges against other individuals involved in similar schemes, aiming to restore integrity and transparency in the state’s political and economic systems.

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