We were elected on a message of making New Jersey affordable again for everyone who lives and works in this state. We promised in our campaign to change the way business is done in Trenton, and we are working to make that a reality. Your mandate to us was government reform, and here are some of the areas we are working on:
- Relieving the tax burden on property owners.
- Cutting wasteful government spending.
- Consolidating government functions through shared services among municipalities, counties and schools boards.
- Adopting reforms that reduce the costs to taxpayers for public employee benefits, including pensions and health care.
- Providing quality public schools, in part by forcing tax money to go toward classrooms and school facilities – not toward excessive salaries and perks for administrators.
- Making local, county and state government more open, accessible and accountable to the public.
(PENNSAUKEN) – Senator Donald Norcross (D-Camden/Gloucester) toured the Food Bank of South Jersey today, sampled items from their Healthy Living Initiative, and participated in their Kidz Pack program.
“The Food Bank of South Jersey is a lifeline to our residents struggling to meet their basic needs, which is all too often the case in today’s economy,” said Senator Norcross. “Their efforts have helped hundreds of thousands of our residents put nutritious, sustaining food on their tables over the years.”
Senator Norcross was greeted by CEO Val Traore to discuss the Food Bank’s mission to provide an immediate solution to the urgent problem of hunger, and tour the facility where the Food Bank carries out its many programs. Senator Norcross had the opportunity to taste food prepared as part of the Food Bank’s Healthy Living Initiative, which serves to educate South Jersey residents about healthy eating behaviors and self-sufficiency.
After the tour, Senator Norcross joined volunteers from Home Depot, the Heights of Collingswood, and Brooklyn, New York to assemble deliveries for the Kidz Pack program. This program, which runs throughout the school year, provides 250 children across the region with nutritionally-balanced meals to sustain them and their families over the weekend.Read more >>
NORCROSS PRESENTED âLEADERSHIP IN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENTâ AWARD AT THE 9TH ANNUAL TRI-COUNTY SUMMITFri, 10/24/2014 - 5:41pm
(MOUNT LAUREL) – Senator Donald Norcross (D-Camden/Gloucester) was presented with a “Leadership in Economic Development” award at the 2014 Tri-County Economic Development Summit for his efforts in authoring the Economic Opportunity Act of 2013.
“While it is my honor to be recognized today by the Tri-County Summit, this is really for the companies that now have the opportunity to invest in South Jersey and the people who will take advantage of those jobs,” said Senator Norcross. “The business community understands that we are a smart, sound investment with a skilled workforce ready to be tapped.”
As a result of his involvement in the bill, the tri-county region has seen more than $520 million in investment by the EDA, spurring historic new construction and job creation throughout Burlington, Camden and Gloucester Counties. Through the act, 1,407 new permanent jobs and 1,794 construction jobs have been brought to the region, along with the retention of 1,097 at-risk jobs.
“Companies should be rewarded for building here, bringing jobs here, and benefitting the local economy,” Senator Norcross said. “The initiatives I advanced along with my colleagues in the Legislature will benefit our region for decades.”
Among the honorees recognized with Senator Norcross were the Ravitz Family, who recently opened Camden’s first supermarket in decades and have a second in the works, and Inversand and Drexel, whose efforts are preserving a paleontological treasure in Mantua.Read more >>
(TRENTON) – Senator Donald Norcross (D-Camden/Gloucester) has honored the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades (IUPAT) District Council 711 of New Jersey in the Senate Chambers for their efforts in helping to restore and preserve the Battleship New Jersey.
“The Battleship New Jersey is our state's treasure,” said Senator Norcross. “This project is a testament to her legacy, and is dedicated to the veterans who have spent so many countless hours both serving on her decks in combat and volunteering as her museum stewards today.”
District Council 711 has undertaken the huge task of re-painting the hull of the historic battleship by donating the workforce and materials to show support for our veterans and the City of Camden. The job consists of a rotating crew of 2-4 painters over the course of the next few weeks using their skills and knowledge of industrial painting to preserve the ship.
“It is a personal honor to witness the dedication the Painters have shown to the Battleship, its visitors and volunteers,” Senator Norcross went on to say.
Berthed on the Camden Waterfront across the Delaware River from Center City Philadelphia, the Battleship New Jersey Museum and Memorial is a non-profit historic ship museum that offers tours every day from 9:30am to 3pm. For more information on the ship’s many programs, visit www.battleshipnewjersey.org.