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State Sen. Donald Norcross officially declared Monday he's running for resigning U.S. Rep. Rob Andrews' congressional seat.
State Sen. Donald Norcross officially declared Monday he's running for resigning U.S. Rep. Rob Andrews' congressional seat. - (AARON HOUSTON)

Having already received overwhelming support from several South Jersey Democrats, state Sen. Donald Norcross (D-Audubon) officially declared Monday that he's running for resigning U.S. Rep. Rob Andrews' congressional seat.

At a news conference held at VFW Post 7410 in Bellmawr, Norcross described himself as a "kid from Pennsauken" more than willing to reach bipartisan compromises.

"I've developed relationships on both sides of the aisle," Norcross said. "We might fight like hell as D's and R's, we understand that, but when you put your hand on that Bible and you're sworn in it's about doing what's right for the people you represent and that's the type of attitude that I hope to take to Washington."

Referencing the Economic Opportunity Act of 2013 as a "law that will create thousands of jobs here in New Jersey," Norcross said that in Washington, he'd look to support initiatives designed to create manufacturing opportunities through business innovation and retain American jobs by providing worthwhile incentives.

"That's what this campaign is about," Norcross said. "Jobs for American workers, affordable educational opportunities for our children and ensuring South Jersey gets its fair share."

Andrews, whose resignation is effective Tuesday, announced earlier this month that he was leaving Congress to accept a government relations positions with Philadelphia-based law firm Dilworth Paxson.

Within hours of Andrews' announcement, Norcross, the brother of South Jersey power broker George Norcross, began receiving endorsements from area Democrats such as Senate president Steve Sweeney (D-West Deptford) and Camden mayor Dana Redd, both of whom were in attendance Monday. Andrews himself has also offered his support for Norcross.

Though Norcross is currently the only candidate officially in the race, The South Jersey Times reports he may face primary opposition from Logan Township mayor Frank Minor and a possible Republican opponent in former Philadelphia Eagles player Garry Cobb.

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Andrew George covers the Statehouse from NJBIZ's Trenton bureau. Born and raised in N.J., Andrew has also spent time as a reporter in D.C., Texas and Pa. His email is andrewg@njbiz.com and he is @AndrGeorge on Twitter.

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