New Jersey Power Broker’s Brother Announces Shoo-In Bid For Andrews’ Seat


Just a few hours after Rep. Rob Andrews (D-NJ) announced his his plan to retire amidst a congressional ethics inquiry, state Sen. Donald Norcross (D), the brother of arguably the most powerful Democratic Party boss in the state, threw his hat in the ring as a likely successor.

“I am running for Congress because South Jersey needs someone who is going to stand up for us in Washington, D.C., as Rob Andrews has done for more than two decades,” Norcross said in a statement Tuesday afternoon.

The Democratic state senator is the brother of one of New Jersey’s major party bosses, George Norcross, who Philadelphia magazine described as having “enormous political power.” The magazine noted that Norcross was able to escape a criminal investigation in the early 2000s.

Lawmakers are already coalescing around Norcross.

“It is important that we have a congressman who will continue to fight for South Jersey in Washington, and that’s why I am enthusiastically announcing my support for Donald Norcross for Congress,” state Sen. Stephen Sweeney (D) said, according to the Burlington County Times.

Andrews has said he would support Norcross as his successor.

“He and I did talk about this,” he said of Norcross, who is an old friend, according to The New York Times.

Below is a list of lawmakers who are previously indicated they would be supportive of a Norcross bid, via NJ Politicker:

Gloucester Township Mayor David Mayer

Senate President Steve Sweeney

Assemblyman Lou Greenwald

Former Assembly Speaker Joe Roberts

Rep. Rob Andrews

Camden County Freeholder Jeff Nash

Camden Mayor Dana Redd

Cherry Hill Mayor Chuck Cahn

Former Cherry Hill Mayor Bernie Platt

Vice President of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America Frank Spencer

Assemblyman Troy Singleton

Former Assemblywoman Nilsa Cruz-Perez

Washington Township Mayor Barbara Wallace

Burlington County Democratic Chairman Joe Andl

Palmyra Mayor Karen Sheffler

President of the New Jersey State AFL-CIO Charles Wowkanech

This post was updated.