- George Norcross, 67, was called as recently as 2023 New Jersey’s ‘most powerful unelected individual’
- Norcross was kicked out of Sunday’s Philadelphia Eagles game against the Dallas Cowboys for flying a half-American/half-Israeli flag outside his suite
George Norcross, 67, was called as recently as 2023 New Jersey’s ‘most powerful unelected individual,’ and is often sought after for endorsements and fundraising by New Jersey Democrats.
Norcross – who also has ties to the national party and has a brother who serves in Congress – was kicked out of Sunday’s Philadelphia Eagles game against the Dallas Cowboys.
He was seen on video posted to X being escorted for flying a half-American/half-Israeli flag outside his suite.
Security guards were also spotted ripping down his display as they led him from the suite.
Earlier in the day, on a televised pre-game show, former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie stood for an interview with a reporter where the same flag was displayed prominently in the background.
According to New Jersey Globe reporter David Wildstein, it may have come from Norcross himself, as he frequently hosts a tailgate prior to Philadelphia Eagles games.
Norcross’ power lies in Southern New Jersey and particularly Camden, which is just five miles from Philadelphia.
Lincoln Financial Field, where the Eagles play, has no specific policy against the flag but does have rules regarding signs and banners.
‘Signs, banners or similar items that are obscene or indecent, not event-related, potentially offensive to other patrons, capable of blocking the views of other fans or otherwise deemed dangerous or inappropriate by the Eagles are prohibited,’ their 2014 guidelines state.
‘Lincoln Financial Field reserves the right to confiscate signs that are in violation of stadium policy.’
Only America’s top flight soccer league, Major League Soccer, has reacted to the shock Hamas attack that killed 1,400 Israelis on October 7 with a policy specific to Israeli and Palestinian flags.
The league changed its fan code of conduct to temporarily ban ‘flags representing a country or nationality at MLS matches.’
Overseas, England’s Premier League has also banned Israeli and Palestinian flags for the time being.
DailyMail.com has reached out to a spokesperson for Norcross for comment.
Norcross has recently stepped back from throwing his political weight around after decades as an organizer, fundraiser and activist for Democratic Party politics.
The New York Times notes, however, that he often ‘blurred the lines’ between Democrats and Republicans, with a close friendship with former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and a membership to Mar-a-Lago.
He was also a close ally of Christie when he served two terms as governor, helping him get Republican legislation through a state house still dominated by Democrats.
He appeared humbled after his political influence failed to keep many Democrats in the state legislature in a difficult 2021 election that saw Governor Phil Murphy squeak by to re-election.
‘We had a great run for almost 25 years,’ he told Politico in May. ‘And now it’s time for others to lead the party.’
Norcross is also the executive chairman of Conner Strong & Buckelew, chairman of the board of trustees at Cooper University Health Care and is currently in active talks to take over Republic First Bancorp.
His family’s support for Israel was made clear when brother Donald Norcross, a Democrat and member of the House of Representatives, went with a Congressional delegation to Tel Aviv just three days after the October 7 attack.
Norcross was seen in meetings with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and reaffirmed his support for the Jewish state.
“It was important for myself and my colleagues to travel to Israel to show the strength of the U.S.- Israel relationship and our unwavering bipartisan, bicameral unity for Israel and the Jewish people,’ the Congressman said.
‘Israel is our closest and most important ally in the Middle East, and they need our support now more than ever.’
It’s unclear if Donald Norcross was in attendance with his brother, though he posted on X rooting for the Eagles, who beat the Dallas Cowboys, earlier Sunday.