Rep. Donald Norcross, D-1st of Camden, was selected to chair the House Armed Services Tactical Air and Land Forces subcommittee on Wednesday. It is the largest among the Armed Services Committee’s seven subcommittees and helps control funding for equipment needs for all the services.
“Let’s go back a little further, when this started, they controlled the House, the Senate and the Presidency. They didn’t need us. This was a manufactured crisis to use humans,” Norcross said. “Everybody says ‘the president’s a great negotiator.’ A great negotiator is when you have something personally at stake. The only thing he has at stake is you, your pain. He’s hoping that other people will roll over.”
In Glassboro, officials with the nonprofit organization Robins' Nest, Inc., partnered for the second year in a row with representatives from the Gloucester County NAACP and Congressman Donald Norcross to celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day with a day of service benefiting local families and expectant mothers throughout the area.
On Monday, January 21st, volunteers gathered in Glassboro to help put together pregnancy care packages for newborn babies that will be distributed to women in Robins’ Nest maternal health programs, which provide education and supportive services to new and expectant parents throughout southern New Jersey.
Standing near the wall inside of the crowded Teamsters Local 331 hall in Egg Harbor City, Karen Bown, a federal contractor for 18 years, held a sign saying “End this Shutdown” with tears in her eyes.
“Every single day, I don’t know if I will have a job,” said Bown, a contractor working at the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Tech Center in Mays Landing. “It has been that way for a month, so I’m very emotional, and I’m very sad that our government has gone this way.”
Today, U.S. Congressman Donald Norcross – a member of the House Education and Labor Committee and an electrician by trade – applauded the agreement by New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy, Senate President Steve Sweeney and Speaker Craig Coughlin to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour predictably over the next six years and issued the following statement:
“Governor Murphy, Senate President Sweeney and Speaker Coughlin joined me for their first public appearance together calling for $15 an hour minimum wage a little more than a year ago. Today, I’m glad to see they have announced an agreement that will help over a million workers and boost New Jersey’s economy."