Murphy Vs Norcross. Republicans Probably Shouldn’t Get Too Excited

Gov. Phil Murphy - George Norcross

Gov. Phil Murphy - George Norcross

It’s an exciting time to be watching politics in South Jersey – insurgents are challenging the throne in Camden County and Governor Phil Murphy has decided to pick a fight with George Norcross.

All this appears to have the Norcross machine fighting a war on two fronts. South Jersey Republicans, especially the keyboard warrior types, are motivated. Rank-and file Republicans are motivated too. Over the weekend I chatted with a few GOP municipal chairs and other activist types who are helping some of the insurgent “progressive” Democrats.

Even soon-to-announce Republican congressional candidate in CD1, Josh Duvall, has met with at least one of the insurgent “progressive” Democrats.

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I understand why Duvall would meet with Vida Neil, he has to try to find support where he can and Vida has been an outspoken critic of Congressman Donald Norcross.

What I don’t understand is why the keyboard warriors, a few municipal chairs and activists who actually go out and knock on doors for Republican candidates are lending a hand to these insurgent Democrats. It’s not like, win or lose, any of them are going to help Republicans come November. They proved that much last year in the special election for Assembly in LD5. Many of these insurgent “progressive” Democrats worked to ensure Camden residents could win the ability to elect their school board. The GOP candidate in that race, my father, Nick Kush, sided with them. Some of the same folks that are part of the insurgency made a point on social media to show they had the support of my father in their effort and being a good son I reached out to them on his behalf and every single one of them told me “I could never vote for a Republican.”

What makes Republicans think the insurgent Democrats will do things differently this time?

As to the other front Norcross is forced to fight on – the tax incentive issue, don’t get too excited. Norcross has the best lawyers money can buy. Does anyone honestly believe those lawyers allowed any laws to be broken to get those tax breaks? Sure, Norcross, or his people, may have walked up to the line, they might have even straddled it, but I’m sure those lawyers made certain not one single law was violated.

Some folks seem a little excited about a recent Star-Ledger opinion piece in which Norcross was referred to as “King George” in the headline:

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I don’t understand the excitement. Here at the Bob & Steve Show we referred to Norcross as “the king of kings” in our first ever Naughty and Nice List (https://www.bobandsteve.com/blog/2018/12/25/2018-naughty-and-nice-list) and no one got excited:

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At the end of the day nobody really knows how this whole tax incentive fight is going to work out, but my guess is it’s going to die because the budget needs to get done and no one wants a government shutdown. And the establishment Democrats aren’t going to lose any ground to the insurgents.

The only thing we know for sure is George Norcross never tried to steal $33 million from the state’s firefighters which makes Governor Murphy more evil than George Norcross.

CD1: Duvall Will Announce Intention To Seek GOP Nomination; Appears To Have Cherry Hill Organization’s Support

Josh Duvall via Facebook Campaign Page

Josh Duvall via Facebook Campaign Page

We have our first Republican looking for the opportunity to take on Congressman Donald Norcross in 2020. Yesterday, by way of press release, Josh Duvall announced he will launch his campaign on Saturday May 18.

I don’t know Duvall well, I only met him once but, he appears to be motivated by all the recent George Norcross news.

I’ll let his press release speak for him:

CHERRY HILL - On Saturday, May 18 at 3pm at his Cherry Hill home, young professional/business owner Josh Duvall will announce his campaign to unseat incumbent lawmaker, and brother of South Jersey power broker, Donald Norcross.

“Democracy does not exist in South Jersey,” says Duvall. “This campaign isn’t about Democrats versus Republicans, or left versus right. This is about the good people of South Jersey, versus the Norcorss political machine. This is about restoring a voice and a vote to people who have been silenced. Voters in Burlington, Gloucester and especially Camden County are sick of the status quo,” Duvall said.

Recent events have once again brought Camden County into the national spotlight as accusations of fraud and corruption related to the Economic Development Authority tax break scheme make headlines. Coupled with the Democratic primary ballot contest, which saw progressive members of the South Jersey Democratic party pushed out amid rumors of “phantom candidates” filling ballot spots, Duvall believes the movement for political upheaval in South Jersey is gaining momentum.

“Look at what’s transpired in Camden County under the watch of George, Phil and Donald Norcross. Massive tax breaks for the business and political friends of the Norcross machine have starved Camden of much needed revenue for investments in locally owned businesses, infrastructure and schools. Now they are resorting to dirty political tricks to tamp down dissenters within their own party who are fighting for real change for Camden’s residents. It’s politics at its worst - right here in South Jersey,” said Duvall.

While Duvall will seek the GOP nomination to face Norcross in the November 2020 election, he’s running on a platform of solutions for constituents, not the partisan political games we’ve been accustomed to seeing in Washington.

“I am proud that Josh has decided to step forward to help rid South Jersey from the reign of the Norcross Brothers,” Cherry Hill GOP Chairman Jeffrey Land said. “People are starting to see that this band of brothers from Pennsauken have become very rich controlling the wheels of government, and by extension our hard earned tax dollars. Josh has the integrity and drive that this party needs to help lead us out of this dynasty. As a fellow Cherry Hill resident, I am gratified that Josh has committed to run for Congress. The Cherry Hill Republican Organization is united behind his candidacy,” said Land.

Josh Duvall’s platform of solutions for South Jersey involves ambitious ideas, like:

  • Criminal justice reform to expunge the records of low-level, non-violent offenders from employment background checks, helping people get out of poverty and back working again.

  • Changing the way we approach public education by removing the zip code barriers to school access, reforming the funding process for public schools and getting students out of the classroom and into the real world learning and applying their skills, instead of focusing on non-productive standardized testing.

  • Simplifying the tax code to remove the loopholes, deductions, exemptions and carve-outs that force the middle class to shoulder the tax burden while big businesses get the benefit of special treatment that saves them money.

While there's no sugar-coating the reality of an over 40 year establishment Democrat hold on this seat, Duvall is confident that he can build a diverse coalition of support to challenge, and unseat the incumbent next November.

RSVP for launch party here.

Duvall received his bachelors in Management, concentrating in Finance and Marketing from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa and his Executive Degree in Financial Planning from the Fischer School of Business at The Ohio State University. Duvall currently runs his own financial planning and accounting business, and works with other organizations managing their marketing and online content. He also works with several non-profits, sits on the Cherry Hill GOP committee, volunteers with youth sports, and is actively involved in his local church. Duvall is a cancer survivor and is married with two young children.

For more information visit www.duvallforcongress.com.