South Jersey political boss employs Assemblyman’s daughter

Lawmaker’s daughter employed at Cooper Health System

Assemblyman John Wisniewski (D-Sayreville) filed a financial disclosure statement that shows one of his daughters is employed at Cooper Health System, a taxpayer funded teaching hospital and biomedical research facility located in Camden, that is controlled by the undisputed South Jersey political boss.

South Jersey’s most prominent politician, Democratic power broker and millionaire insurance executive George E. Norcross III, was appointed by Gov. Chris Christie as Chairman of the Board at Cooper.

Camden Mayor Dana Redd, South Jersey political boss George Norcross III, Governor Chris Christie, Senate President Steve Sweeney, and Congressman Donald Norcross appear in this March 2014 file photo.

Norcross has a brother who is a congressman that Wisniewski scurried to endorse as soon as he got appointed as New Jersey figurehead in Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign.

Wisniewski spokesperson Gregory Minchak failed to respond to a request for details about the lawmaker’s daughter and the job she has at Cooper Health System.

In recent years Norcross, Congressman Donald Norcross’ brother and head of Camden’s Cooper University Health Care, has leveraged his influence to break public worker union contracts with creation of a county police force and new charter schools in Camden.

Norcross has also profited from projects put forth by companies with substantial taxpayer funded ‘corporate welfare’ incentives such as direct government contracts, loans and tax credits.

U.S. Rep. Donald Norcross, brother of the South Jersey Democratic boss, as a state senator championed the 2013 Economic Opportunity Act , a law that authorized the Republican Christie administration to give $7 billion in tax incentives to lure employers to the state.

The state Economic Development Authority (EDA) has since promised more than $1.5 billion in credits to companies — many linked to the Norcross clan — that promised to create jobs in Camden.


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