What’s behind the Lautenberg-Norcross fight?

To make sense of the feud between N.J. powerbroker George Norcross vs. U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg,  we turn to Brigid Harrison, political science professor at Montclair State University.

U.S. Senator Frank Lautenberg of New Jersey has been feuding in public this week — both with Republican Governor Chris Christie and with his fellow Democrats. Lautenberg called for the Education Secretary to investigate Christie’s plan to merge Rutgers-Camden into Rowan University.

Yesterday, Governor Christie called Lautenberg a “partisan hack.” Lautenberg also has been trading barbs with South Jersey powerbroker George Norcross, who as the chairman of the board of Cooper University Hospital, is a prime backer of the Rowan-Rutgers merger. State Senate President Steve Sweeney signed an open letter accusing Lautenberg of a “callous disregard” for South Jersey.To make sense of this we turn to Brigid Harrison, political science professor at Montclair State University. 

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