Election Day spelled victory for Asw. BettyLou DeCroce, who won her first full term to represent the 26th District in the New Jersey General Assembly in her contest against fellow Parsippany resident Joseph Raich.
Republican DeCroce secured more than 60 percent of Tuesday's vote. The municipal tally was a bit closer: Locally, she bested Democrat Raich by about 1,000 votes.
"A clear and strong message was sent by the voters in New Jersey’s 26th Legislative District and I am humbled by the overwhelming support I received," the assemblywoman said in a statement late Wednesday. "I am so proud to represent the 26th District and pledge to fight every day for my constituents."
Raich, a frequent candidate for office, focused on what he saw as the closeness of the Parsippany vote.
"Next time, I'm going to win," he said.
DeCroce was selected by the Morris County Republican Committee to fill the Assembly seat left open after the sudden death of her husband, Alex DeCroce, in January. Last June, she won her party's nomination in the primary election.
"Now, I look forward to returning to Trenton and continuing the work I began earlier this year," she said, thanking her supporters and family. "We are making real progress; however, our work is not done. Yesterday was the first step in ensuring that the fight we began to reform New Jersey remains our priority.
"You can count on me to make sure that your interests are served and that state government is responsible and responsive to your needs."