George Norcross III

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George Norcross III (born c. 1957) is an American insurance executive and a fundraiser for Democratic Party organizations in the south region of New Jersey.[1]

A former Rutgers University student and son of a union organizer, Norcross was previously the chairman of the Camden County Democratic Party. His brother Donald Norcross is the current chairman and a state senator representing the 5th Legislative District. Norcross has never been elected to a public office, but in June 2007 he was named the second most influential political personality in the state of New Jersey.[2] He is part of a group seeking to purchase newspapers in Philadelphia.[3]

He was investigated and recorded discussing his influence with then New Jersey governor James E. McGreevey and then United States Senator Jon S. Corzine. Chris Christie, as a U.S. prosecutor, accused attorneys of mishandling the investigation.[4][5]

Businesses and board memberships

Norcross serves as Chairman of Conner Strong Companies, Inc. (formerly Commerce Insurance Services). The company ranks among the largest insurance, risk management and employee benefits brokerage and consulting firms in the country, with offices located in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Delaware. Norcross has been the head of Conner Strong and its predecessor companies since 1979. The current company was formed after Commerce Bancorp was acquired by Toronto-Dominion Bank. As part of the 2007 acquisition, TD Bank agreed to sell Commerce's insurance division back to Norcross.[6]

Norcross is Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Cooper Health System and Cooper University Hospital in Camden, New Jersey and has served as a Trustee since 1990. He formerly served on the Board of Directors of Commerce Bancorp.