Norcross sues Murphy over tax incentive task force

The war over tax incentives in the city of Camden is heading to court.

South Jersey Democratic powerbroker George Norcross is suing Gov. Phil Murphy and the task force he appointed to investigate the state’s tax incentive programs.

The suit alleges Murphy unlawfully empowered the task force to single out incentives given to companies in Camden with ties to Norcross and that he and the companies have suffered as a result of being “falsely and publicly accused of misconduct.”

A spokesperson for Murphy said in a statement that the task force “has never been about one person, one company, or one city,” adding, “we look forward to vigorously defending the task force, its investigation, and the actions of this administration in court.”

The suit is asking the court “to declare the task force’s conduct unlawful, its powers unauthorized and its counsel unlicensed.”

It contends the task force’s special counsel Jim Walden of New York is not licensed to practice law in New Jersey and that the task force does not have subpoena power.

In a statement, the task force defended its actions, adding, “We have invited all of these companies to provide fact witnesses at the next hearing. Rather than responding to that offer they have filed an unfounded lawsuit against the task force instead. The public can judge this tactic for what it is.”