Norcross ready to take a stand in D.C. for jobs

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 Speaker of the House Rep. John Boehner, R-Ohio, left, shakes hands with U.S. Rep. Donald Norcross, D-N.J., center, during a ceremonial swearing-in ceremony on Capitol Hill in November.  (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Speaker of the House Rep. John Boehner, R-Ohio, left, shakes hands with U.S. Rep. Donald Norcross, D-N.J., center, during a ceremonial swearing-in ceremony on Capitol Hill in November. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

A South Jersey member of the House of Representatives will be among the freshman class of 2015 taking the oath of office in Washington Tuesday.

But  filling out a few weeks of former U.S. Rep. Rob Andrews’ unexpired term gave Donald Norcross a head start on some of his incoming freshman colleagues.

“Certainly from within the Democratic caucus, going through a number of votes within our own house to see how the different factions work was extremely valuable,” he said.

Norcross said he’s hoping the new members of Congress — including area Reps. Brendan Boyle and Ryan Costello, both from Pennsylvania, and New Jersey’s Bonnie Watson Coleman and Tom MacArthur — can help prevent legislative logjams on Capitol Hill.

“America is sick and tired of things not getting done. They don’t want to hear the bickering, the fighting,” said Norcross. “Let’s get together, come up with ideas that we can both live with, and move forward. That’s what I’m here for.”

Norcross said his main goals in representing New Jersey’s 1st District are finding jobs for those who want to work and improving the economy.

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