Gov. Phil Murphy will appear at the inaugural election campaign Monday morning for MP Donald Norcross (D-Camden). The move is likely to rule out any attempt by progressives to challenge him for a Democratic primary.
In the past, Murphy has had a split relationship with South Jersey Congressman and his brother, Democrat owner George Norcross. He backed Donald Norcross for re-election to the House of Representatives almost a year before the 2020 primaries, even though he was at war with Donald Norcross.
One progressive, music teacher Mario DeSantis, is the only announced candidate against Norcross in the upcoming June primaries. DeSantis challenged Senate President Steve Sweeney at the 2021 primaries, but his campaign failed a day later when he failed to collect enough signatures on a nomination petition to get a seat on the ballot.
Norcross, the former president of the AFL-CIO of South Jersey, who served as state senator and MP, won the 2014 snap election in Congress in the 1st District of New Jersey after the resignation of Rob Andrews (D-Bellmawr).
The Norcross start is scheduled for 10 a.m. at Camden County College in Blackwood.
The first candidate in the Republican nomination against Norcross is his rival in 2020, former Collingswood School Board member Claire Gustafson. She has already received approval from GOP County Presidents in Camden and Gloucester counties, as well as from State Senator Edward Dar (R-Swedesboro).
Newcomer Elaine DeAngelo, a former bank loan officer from Sewell, is also seeking Republican recognition.