Is Norcross Trying to Quash “Bridgegate”?

A former Jersey governor drops hints.

State Sen. Dick Codey (a former acting governor of New Jersey) suggested on MSNBC yesterday that unnamed unelected Democratic powerbrokers with whom Chris Christie is close were involved in trying to cover up the governor’s “BridgeGate” scandal.

They deliver him votes — simple as that. In my opinion those power brokers are still trying to disrupt this investigation, without question. There’s a movement afoot — it has been for awhile — to stop this whole thing and stop it cold.

Though he didn’t name names, the powerbrokers to whom he’s referring are almost certainly George Norcross III and Joe “Joe D” Divincenzo. (Joe D, perched in Essex county, is a bit closer to the George Washington Bridge than Camden-based Norcross, for what it’s worth.) You’d think Norcross had enough on his plate these days…


h/t Star-Ledger

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  • Daniel Wright

    Can’t wait for the Inky to dive into this issue… oh.

  • Keith

    The US Justice Department must take down George Norcross, Stephen Sweeney and those who are part of their schemes.

    The abuse of power and violations of the color of law is a disgrace. Sweeney had abused power and invested dirty money into a local online social media site that both he and Norcross have designed destructive stories to attack and retaliate. Norcross and Sweeney committed RICO. They used media, police and dirty prosecutors and courts to manufacture as a vendetta.

    Sweeney must be under investigation for violating the color of law with an issue concerning a state office where he abused his power as a state senator. This is horrific what he did and how he did it.

  • Keith

    Sweeney and Norcross can not be forgotten. They are Snakes in the Grass.
    These two men are major Violators of the Color of Law. They control Christie and he throws people who support him under the bus. All three must go

    Norcross and Sweeney paid thousands into AOL Patch advertising money. In exchange NJ Patch is compromised and recklessly reports stories that are inaccurate, manufactured and one sided. They are a result of laws that have been violated by the color of law. Sweeney has a close relationship with Patch. Patch should be under a federal investigation along with state senator Sweeney and Norcross

    New Jersey’s 89 Patch sites are considered among the strongest both in terms of content and revenue

    Sweeney and Norcross behind it. Patch has been a vehicle Norcross and Sweeney have used for vengeance an retaliation. It needs to money to survive since 500 sites already closed. NJ patch is bought and paid for to report reckless, fabricated stories designed to destroy enemies of Norcross and Sweeney. Christie has allowed this wrong Doing to go on deaf ears. They should all be under federal investigation for abuse of power and vengeance using a Ponzi schemed media site to play politics and punish and seek vengeance. God is not pleased and they will fall for what they’ve done.

  • Anthony

    NORCROSS AND SWEENEY’S VINDICTIVENESS AND VENDETTA’S HAVE DESTROYED PEOPLE, THEIR FAMILIES AND THEIR CAREERS. NORCROSS AND SWEENEY ARE SNEAKY AND THEY ARE BEHIND TAKING ANOTHER GOVERNOR DOWN. NORCROSS/SWEENEY HAVE DONE IT TO SO MANY PEOPLE INCLUDING CODEY, MCGREEVY, CORZINE AND NOW CHRISTIE. NORCROSS AND SWEENEY ARE SNAKES. SWEENEY IS KISSING UP TO WEINBERG AFTER HE THREW HER UNDER THE BUS AND NEXT THEY WILL KISS UP TO BUONO AND OTHER DEMOCRATS WHO THEY TALKED ABOUT AND PLOTTED AGAINST THEIR LIVES. DON’T EVER TRUST GEORGE E. NORCROSS AND SENATOR STEPHEN SWEENEY. CROOKS, LIARS AND THE DICTATOR DEVILS OF NEW JERSEY. CONTROLLING NEW JERSEY SINCE 1978 AND STILL GOING STRONG. THE ONLY WAY TO STOP THEM IS TO GET THEM INDICTED AND CONVICTED ON RICO. REPORT ANY AN ALL WRONGDOING OF THEM AND THEIR PUPPET ELECTED FRIENDS. THE PEOPLE OF NJ ARE FED UP AND SICK OF THIS GARBAGE ON BOTH SIDES. WE NEED LEADERS WHO CARE, NOT LEADERS WHO SEEK VENGEANCE WITH MEDIA STORIES THAT ARE CONCOCTED AND FABRICATED TO DESTROY OTHERS OR ABUSIVE SENATORS WHO VIOLATE THE COLOR OF LAW BY PLOTTING AND PLANNING EVIL DEEDS IN STATE OFFICES AND POLITICAL MACHINES WHO USE UNIONS AND STATE WORKERS TO SET PEOPLE UP TO GET THEM FIRED. GET THESE CLOWNS OUT AND TAKE THE PEOPLE WHO SUPPORT THEM. RICO RICO RICO, WE NEED THE US JUSTICE DEPARTMENT TO RICO NORCROSS AND SWEENEY AND ALL THOSE WHO ARE PART OF THIS POLITICAL CORRUPTION.

    • Jane Yavis

      Anthony. Norcross, Sweeney and Christie are cut from the same “Jersey” Cloth. Different parts of “jersey’ but still “Jersey. You can’t make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear applies to all three of them. Christie is safe because in their “Jersey” we have the best judicial system money can buy.

  • Debbie

    State Senator Steve Sweeney is probably trying to play “Let’s Make a Deal” to save my brothers Ass and his too!

    Steve Sweeney’s brother, labor exec Richard Sweeney, subpoenaed in DRPA probe

    by: Rosi Efthim

    Wed Dec 18, 2013 at 11:29:32 AM ESTVia Philly.com:

    Sen. Steve Sweeney’s brother, Richard Sweeney, has been served with a subpoena by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in connection with an investigation of politically-connected economic-development spending – to the tune of millions of dollars – by the scandal-plagued Delaware River Port Authority (DRPA). Richard Sweeney is Financial Secretary/Treasurer and Business Rep of Ironworkers #399. Richard Sweeney is also a Commissioner of DRPA, appointed by Gov. Corzine. Additional DRPA board members subpoenaed include Camden County Freeholder Jeffrey L. Nash and Philadelphia lawyer William Sasso. The USA’s investigation has been going on since April.

    Sen. Steve Sweeney is employed as the General Organizer for the International Association of Ironworkers.

    Like the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey, the DRPA is a bi-state agency, a compact between New Jersey and Pennsylvania. It’s responsible for maintenance and development of the the Philadelphia-Camden port district; four bridges, a ferry, and the PATCO commuter rail line across the Delaware River. It spent nearly $500M over 15 years to underwrite museums, stadiums, a concert hall, a cancer center, the Army-Navy football game, and other non-transportation projects. Much of that money went to politically-influential recipients.

    Last year, NJ State Comptroller Matthew Boxer issued a report saying DRPAwasted millions in toll dollars through cronyism and mismanagement:

    “In nearly every area we looked at, we found people who treated the DRPA like a personal ATM, from DRPA commissioners to private vendors to community organizations. People with connections at the DRPA were quick to put their hand out when dealing with the agency, and they generally were not disappointed when they did.”

    • Jane Yavis

      It would serve South Jersey and Steve Kornacki from MSNBC well to come to Camden County. We have an equally corrupt Port Authority here,,,,,and the stories he could tell.

  • Keith

    Codey is correct. An unnamed power broker and a state Weizsel Senator are both trying to cover it up. Sweeney is two faced and laughing it up. Sweeney and Norcross are bad to the bone and the nucleus for NJ Corruption and organized crime.

  • Maureen Leuszler

    Bridgegate is small potatoes next to the Fenimore Landfill, Roxbury, NJ scandal. That story gets no investigative reporting from the Star Ledger, the paper of record of NJ or the New York television media. The only investigative reports were from Walt Kane of Channel 12 news. Problem is you have to subscribe to Cablevision to see his coverage and that is a limited audience.

    Fenimore is an abandoned landfill that was reopened by the NJDEP in late 2011 under Christie’s “brown fields to solar fields” initiative. This dump lies in the middle of a residential neighborhood where permission was given to dump 1.25 million cubic yards of toxic waste such as polluted dredge from clean ups of the most polluted rivers in NJ and waste water treatment plant material and from other areas of concern (pollution). But perhaps the most lethal substance dumped there was construction & demolition screens, pulverized wallboard, that has left the surrounding area in a 2 mile or more radius, suffering from the stench and the toxic illnesses associated with hydrogen sulfide and sulfur dioxide and formaldehyde for over a year. That is the list of poisons that we were told are there. The NJDEP tells us that they did no core samples to determine what had been dumped there.This project was green lighted by Christie with all of the red tape cut that would have helped to protect the surrounding neighborhood. This project was rushed through the approval process by the NJDEP with no public notice or public input. This area is in the Highlands Preservation area which strictly limited further development to protect the water sources for all of New Jersey before Christie replaced environmentalists with no-nothing appointees. The only protections enforced in this contract is for the Indiana bat. There are over 1,000 people living within a mile radius of this mess and the only enforced protection is for the bats.

    We are all suffering unusual illnesses caused by the chronic exposure to hydrogen sulfide and unknown substances. The Dept of Health has no interest in our health problems associated with this dump. They have not sent a single health care worker here to check up on the people complaining of illness. They do nothing in response to our letters, emails, tweets, and phone calls.

    I didn’t mention that the contract to dump this toxic mess into our backyards was given to a convicted felon who did 3 yrs for bribing a Newark Official when the criminal, Richard Bernardi, was in the waste management business. He had been skulking around Roxbury for years trying to get his hands on this landfill and even reached out to neighbors and township officials for years to further his cause. The engineering company hired by SEP, Bernardi’s Company logo, was Birdsall, recently driven into bankruptcy after being caught in an elaborate but simple bribery scheme where they bribed government officials, both local and state through their campaign funds. Limit for individuals is $300 so they paid their employees to donate exactly $299 to a campaign so that bribed officials would know that it was from Birdsall. This is a very complicated story but suffice it to say that the Governor and the State of NJ have not protected our people in Roxbury.. Four months after the dumping began, the NJDEP went to court to shut the dump down because it was clear that soon that Bernardi was not following the contract. I believe that Bernardi had been to court already saying that the contract with NJDEP was illegal and uninforceable. When the stench from the landfill first surfaced in November 2012, the concerned residents formed a class action suit to shut it down as well. The judge hearing our cases, which she joined together, agreed with Bernardi that he was the victim and not the 1,000 people who were being sickened by the stench of the poison in the air and continued the case with no relief for the residents of Roxbury for a full year. Our State Senator finally brought a bill before the Senate to close the landfill down in April or May, 2013. The bill was rewritten by Senator Smith to strengthen it and on June 26, 2013, it was signed by the Governor. NJDEP within 45 minutes had escorted Bernardi off of the site and took it over. Cheers went up around the neighborhood. The DEP expected that they would put in a few flares after covering it with a concrete type substance and all would be well. It wasn’t. The stench only got worse and lasted longer and traveled farther. It was devouring the township and even wandered into other towns. It was a horrendous spring and summer. School kids had to be kept inside schools if the levels were too high for them to have recess or sports outdoors. It was inside the schools as well because it goes right through buildings. We were sick. Our animals would not go outside and they got sick. The DOH never set foot in Roxbury to check on the residents health even though we called every day. The DEP played a game of sniff test agents coming out to see if they smelled it too. It was government smoke and mirrors all Spring, Summer and Fall. We were under siege here, prisoners being poisoned in our own homes for months on end while the Christie administration treated us like vermin. Our whole township reeked of a mixture of rotten eggs and petroleum and sewer, an indescribable stench that was at the Roxbury Mall, the Ledgewood Mall, all the way past the high school in one direction and Mine Hill in another direction. It was on Rt 80 and Mount Arlington, Mount Olive and yet the NJDEP sent agents here hours after it was called in to do sniff tests.

    We begged Chris Christie to come here and see what he had done but he would not. He said he sent engineers here to fix the mess and sending all the industrial equipment with oxidizers and scrubbers and piping and venting and changing the hydrogen sulfide that stinks into sulfur dioxide that is odorless but more lethal and we would just have to live like this forever because he made a mess and will not even consider trucking it out of here just the way he trucked it in here. He says it is too dangerous for the residents to truck it out. Where was the concern for the residents when he trucked it in? Where is the DEP? Where is the DOH? If Christie is truly concerned about our health and well being after he has made us sick for 2 years, why won’t he come here and give us big hugs and tell us he will make it all better like he does with the seashore people. This is a tragedy that has been continuous for 2 years, so excuse me if I am less than concerned over the scandal of the traffic jam. i AM concerned that nobody investigated Bridgegate when it was pretty obvious that it was political highjinks. I think Christie’s whole organization is corrupt and Bridgegate is the tip of the iceberg.

    NJ Legislature and US Justice Department, investigate TOXBURY!!

  • Don’t Trust South Jersey Norcr

    Get rid of George Norcross and Senator Sweeney and that will end all this corruption in New Jersey. Norcross and Sweeney have controlled New Jersey for Decades and they control the Governors.

  • Don’t Trust South Jersey Norcr

    The real person who controls the Governors of New Jersey is the Jersey Devil himself, George E. Norcross

    Check out the video

  • Maureen Leuszler

    Norcross may be using a clever Jersey style campaign contribution scheme that didn’t work well in Philadelphia.

    Birdsall Engineering was a well respected and successfull New Jersey company that won bids on many public works jobs. The scheme was for Birdsall management to ask it’s employees to each donate a $299 campaign contribution to the candidate of management’s chosing. That amount plus a bonus would then be added to the employee’s pay check as a thank you for supporting the chosen candidate.

    When the candidate saw campaign contributions for that amount, that told the candidate that money was from Birdsall management. Once in office the chosen candidate would choose Birdsall’s bid, even if it was the high bid.

    Last year, one of the managers went through a nasty divorce. The woman scorned reported her husband’s company to the authorities and within the blink of an eye, Birdsall was on the auction block and sold off to a California company that I think has what remains of Birdsall in Bankruptcy.

    And that is Jersey style politics. Mr Norcross seems to pretty much run New Jersey politics these days and though he is known as a Democratic power broker; he is actually quite non-partisan by nature. New Jersey is run primarily by the Democratic party which is why he works with primarily with Democrats. Chistie is a Republican who Norcross works with because Christie is Governor. Now that Christie is toast, Norcross will probably end up hammering the last nail in Christie’s coffin. Norcross is an equal opportunity partisan. He will hammer the last nail into the Inquirer as well.