District 26 Asw. BettyLou DeCroce, who won a special election in November to finish the unexpired term of her late husband Alex DeCroce, was sworn in Monday to the General Assembly.
Last January, after her spouse's untimely death, DeCroce was elected by the Republican County Committee to serve until the 2012 general election. The assemblywoman joins state Sen. Joseph Pennacchio and Asm. Jay Webber as part of the 26th District's legislative district.
DeCroce has more than 30 years of experience serving at various levels of government. Prior to her service in the General Assembly, she served as a councilwoman in Mine Hill and as the Roxbury Township municipal clerk and deputy township manager. Most recently, she served as deputy commissioner in the state Department of Community Affairs.
“I am honored to represent the people of the 26th legislative district,” said DeCroce. “I have spent my professional career serving the public, and I appreciate the opportunity 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.
"I am sure Alex would be happy that I am able to serve the public as he proudly did for over 20 years.”