Assemblywoman BettyLou (CQ) DeCroce (R- Morris), was sworn in Thursday at the Statehouse in Trenton as the newest member of the Assembly.
DeCroce succeeds her late husband, former Assemblyman and Minority Leader Alex DeCroce, who died unexpectedly on Jan. 9. She joins Sen. Joe Pennacchio (R-Morris) and Assemblyman Jay Webber (R-Morris) in representing the 26th District serving the 26th District in Morris and Passaic counties.
Previously, DeCroce served as a Mine Hill councilwoman and as the Roxbury municipal clerk and deputy township manager. Most recently, she was a state Community Affairs deputy commissioner.
“No one can ever fill Alex’s shoes or compare to the contributions he made to the people of New Jersey,” DeCroce said. “I have spent my professional career serving the public, and I am eager to be a part of the effort to make New Jersey a better place to live and work. I am committed to serving the needs of my constituents and intend to be a voice that represents the interests of taxpayers. While this is a bittersweet moment for me, I am sure Alex would be happy that I am able to serve the public as he proudly did for over 20 years.”
“Assemblywoman DeCroce has extensive experience in government and leadership, having been a former deputy commissioner and councilwoman,” Assembly Republican Leader Jon Bramnick (R-Union) said. “We welcome her to the caucus as she follows in her husband's tradition as an honest and sincere public servant.”
DeCroce will face a special election in November.
—TOM HESTER SR., NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM