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George Norcross charged with organized crime – NBC New York

What you should know

  • New Jersey's attorney general has charged influential Democratic power broker George Norcross with organized crime and other charges related to state tax credits, according to an indictment unsealed Monday.
  • Norcross, a former member of the Democratic National Committee and one-time chairman of the Camden County Democratic Party, was an influential figure in state politics.
  • The indictment alleges that Norcross and others secured property rights along Camden's waterfront and collected millions of dollars in state tax breaks.

New Jersey's attorney general has charged influential Democratic power broker George Norcross with organized crime and other charges related to state tax credits, according to an indictment unsealed Monday.

Norcross, a former member of the Democratic National Committee and former chairman of the Camden County Democratic Party, was an influential figure in state politics. The indictment alleges that Norcross and others secured property rights along Camden's waterfront and reaped millions of dollars in state-sponsored tax breaks.

At a press conference in Trenton, New Jersey Attorney General Matt Platkin accused Norcross of running a criminal organization and obtaining millions of dollars in tax breaks and property rights along the Delaware River riparian zone in Camden.

Platkin said Norcross told a developer he had to give up his property rights or he would retaliate and make it impossible for the developer to do business in Camden if he refused.

A government development agency also helped members of the alleged conspiracy gain an advantage in private negotiations, Platkin said.

Norcross sat in the front row during the press conference, watching the attorney general closely as he detailed the charges against him. When asked what he thought about Norcross's presence in the room on Monday, Platkin said he had no comment.

Michael Critchley, Norcross's attorney, stood to ask the attorney general a question, but Platkin left the room before Critchley could ask. The Associated Press left a message seeking comment from Critchley.

The indictment alleges that Norcross and his allies “used their political influence to bend New Jersey's economic development laws to their liking. After the laws went into effect in September 2013, members and allies of the Norcross Enterprise conspired to extort and coerce others into obtaining land and property rights on the Camden, New Jersey, waterfront and related tax incentives for certain individuals and businesses.”