The state legislators representing the 26th Legislative District — Sen. Joe Pennacchio of Pine Brook, Assemblyman Jay Webber of Morris Plains and Parsippany resident Assemblywoman BettyLou DeCroce — announced their plan to run for re-election as a ticket Thursday.
“I look forward to running with our team and serving the constituents of the 26th Legislative District," said Pennacchio. "It has been an honor to represent our constituents but more importantly to advocate and fight for what is in the best interests of the people we serve.”
“I serve, and hope to continue to serve, so that our Garden State keeps moving toward an affordable and prosperous future as great as our state’s citizens," Webber stated. "I am committed to pursuing policies that balance the provision of essential government services and the protection of the most vulnerable among us—while never losing sight of those too-often-forgotten folks: the hard-working taxpayers who play by the rules and ask only a fair shake from their government.”
DeCroce said she and her ticketmates bring “dedication, commitment and responsiveness" to their constituents.
“We believe in seeing and hearing for ourselves, the challenges and issues facing our district and pursuing the means to address them," she said. "We stand ready to enhance the quality of life of our constituents while keeping the tax burden low.
"I welcome the opportunity to run with Sen. Pennacchio and my partner in the Assembly, Jay Webber, to proudly represent the 26th District.”
So far no primary election opponents have annouced an intention to run.
The primary election is scheduled for June 4. So far no primary opponents have stepped up, though Parsippany Democrat Joseph Raich said he is looking forward to facing DeCroce again in the November general election.
Last November, in the race for the unexpired seat DeCroce won, she defeated Raich by a margin of 60-40 percent.
The 26th district includes the Morris County municipalities of Butler Borough, Jefferson Township, Kinnelon Borough, Lincoln Park Borough, Montville Township, Morris Plains Borough, Parsippany-Troy Hills Township and Rockaway Township, along with Essex County's Fairfield Township, North Caldwell Borough, Verona Township, West Caldwell Township and West Milford Township in Passaic County.