BY TOM HESTER SR.
Betty Lou DeCroce, the widow of Assembly Republican Leader Alex DeCroce, Wednesday announced she wants to replace her husband in the Assembly.
DeCroce, of Parsippany-Troy Hills, is a deputy commissioner in the state Department of Community Affairs.
In a letter to Morris, Essex, and Passaic county Republican chairmen, DeCroce wrote, “Throughout my life with Alex, I have watched how his dedication, drive, and conviction profoundly impacted his community, districts. And the entire state of New Jersey. As I reflected on all of these things in the days following his death, I made the decision, in consultation with my family, close friends and encouragement from Republicans across the district, to follow Alex’s example of public service and seek the opportunity to run for the state Assembly vacancy in the 26th Legislative District.”
Republican county committee members from the district’s towns will meet on Jan. 25 to select a replacement for Alex DeCroce. The individual would fill the seat until a special election is held in November.
Former Kinnelon council president Larry Casha, an attorney, is also interested in the vacancy.
Alex DeCroce,75, died unexpectedly at the Statehouse on Jan. 9 as a lengthy Assembly session concluded. He was an Assemblyman for 23 years and was the longest-serving member of the lower house.