Norcross says Booker will win Senate race

TRENTON – George Norcross says the reason he’s backing Newark Mayor Cory Booker’s bid for the U.S. Senate is simple.

“He’s going to win,” Norcross responded during a Statehouse news conference Monday when asked by a reporter to explain his decision to back Booker.

The powerful South Jersey Democrat explained Booker and him are better suited ideologically compared to the other Democratic Senate candidates. But more to the point, Norcross said, Democrats need to back someone who will win the seat.

“I think we need to put the best candidate forward,” he said, adding, “The candidate who’s going to win the election.”

"He’s obviously working very, very hard at it. I mean he’s traveling all over the country as chairman of the [Republican Governors Association] and I think at this point he has as good a chance or better than anybody else. His name is household word all across the country, and I think he would make a great president."
—former U.S. Rep. Jim Saxton (R-3), on Gov. Chris Christie