Powerful New Jersey Businessman Denies Conner Strong CEO Allegations

Conner Strong CEO Allegations

Powerful New Jersey businessman George E. Norcross III, his prominent attorney brother, and others on Tuesday denied accusations that they schemed to acquire waterfront property in Camden by threatening to ruin the business reputations and finances of key stakeholders.

Norcross, the executive chairman of insurance brokerage Conner Strong & Buckelew LLC, Parker McCay PA CEO Philip A. Norcross, and Brown & Connery LLP partner William M. Tambussi, George Norcross’ longtime personal attorney, all pled not guilty to racketeering and other charges stemming from their alleged roles in a decade-long conspiracy.

High-Profile Defendants Maintain Innocence

Co-defendants Dana L. Redd, the former mayor of Camden, and John J. O’Donnell, CEO of development company The Michaels Organization, also maintained their innocence before Superior Court Judge Peter E. Warshaw Jr. in Mercer County.

Sidney R. Brown, the CEO of logistics firm NFI, was also charged in the scheme and will be arraigned Aug. 7. Brown and O’Donnell are partners along with George Norcross in the groups that own the properties at issue, and Philip Norcross is the registered agent for the entities.