Political payback for Dem defenders of choice

For sharing a stage with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie to urge passage of a tax credit scholarship bill to benefit low-income students, for pushing an expansion of charter schools in some of Camden’s most depressed neighborhoods, Democratic power broker George Norcross finds himself the target of attack ads engineered by the New Jersey Education Association disparaging Norcross and Democratic Senate President Stephen Sweeney for backing┬álegislation that would require the state’s public employees to pay more for health and pension benefits.

In response, Norcross surrounded himself with influential Democrats who stood in his defense, including Newark Mayor Cory Booker and former Gov. James J. Florio. “What I saw this past week in an attack ad was a departure from the sensible — was painful and poisonous — and not in any way adding what is necessary for us to move forward,” Booker said.