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DeCroce Seat to Be Filled Next Week; Widow Announces Campaign

County GOP committee will hold a special convention next Wednesday to choose successor.

The widow of late 26th District Assemblyman Alex DeCroce says she wants to fill her husband's seat.

Betty Lou DeCroce issued a letter to county Republican leaders Wednesday stating her intent to seek the Assembly seat. The Morris County Republican Committee will hold a special convention next Wednesday, Jan. 25, for the purpose of choosing a replacement for DeCroce.

The just after the end of the legislative session. He was 75 years old.

In her letter, Betty DeCroce said she looked forward to showing 26th District citizens that she is "the best candidate to work with Gov. Christie on the important issues facing the state."  

"I realize that some will be skeptical of my motivation to run," she wrote.  

"All I ask of those people is to consider my proven record of community involvement and strong combination of private and public sector experience, and judge me as you would any other candidate for office. I am confident if people do that, I will earn their support and their vote on the merits.”  

DeCroce is the current deputy commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs. In the past, she has served in a number of elected and appointed positions, including as Roxbury's municipal clerk. She also is a Realtor with , as was her husband.

“Gov. Christie and the Republican leadership in the Senate and Assembly are transforming the state through their advocacy of lower taxes, less spending and smaller, smarter government,” her letter continued. “I look forward to joining that team and working side-by-side with them to bring about public sector austerity that paves the way for private sector job growth and jumpstarts New Jersey’s economy.”  

, a Republican committeeman and former council member from Kinnelon.

The convention, to be held at the Zeris Inn in Mountain Lakes on Jan. 25 at 7:15 p.m., allows two representatives, one male and one female, from each district, to cast ballots, according to the Morris County Republican Committee staff. The candidate who wins serves in the Assembly through the end of this year. The person who keeps the seat throughout the final two years of DeCroce's unexpired term must win the privilege in the November 2012 election.

Artie DeVirgilio January 19, 2012 at 01:06 PM
I wish Betty Lou all the Luck in the World in winning Alex's vacant seat next Wednesday at Zeri's Inn.She is the most qualified candidate based on her Government experience in various positions over the past 25 yrs and more and I truly recommend she be appointed. As a former Committeeman in Parsippany and Municipal Chairman of Rockaway Twsp.I hope to see my recommendation come true. She certainly deserves it and I am sure, no one will work harder or more diligently than she will if appointed to this seat. Artie DeVirgilio,GRI.
Jae Kiss January 19, 2012 at 01:42 PM
How old is she?
john p maguire January 19, 2012 at 03:29 PM
I Would Like To See Larry Casha Get This Appointment, In Addition To His Dedication To The Greater Public Well-Being, He Is A Person Of Iimpeccable Personal Integrity And Unquestioned Professionalism, Larry Remains A Very Down To Earth Individual Who Takes His Responsibilities Seriously But Can Still Laugh At Himself......... He Is The Perfect Replacement To Fill Alex De Croce's Shoes And Is A Hard Working Member Of The Republican Party, He Has My Vote !!!!!!
N Estronza January 20, 2012 at 03:14 AM
We can't solve today's problems with yesterday's ideas. Larry Casha brings the fresher look these unusually difficult times require. I am encouraged by Larry's genuine concern for our community and proven record as an ethical and successful business man. He is definitely the better choice!
Linda Correll January 25, 2012 at 03:10 PM
For the record, Mr. Weber, my father, Alex DeCroce started his career in politics in 1969; he was on the County Committe and quickly became the Republican Chairman in 1972. He moved on to the Board of Chosen Freeholders and then to the Assembly. His life was politics and he sacraficed many things to follow his dream. I resent your comment that Mrs. DeCroce is more qualified, if this makes her feel closer to my dad and it was their plan, God Bless Her, but no one will ever fill his shoes. Maybe she should replace you, obviously you speak without the proper knowledge of your subject. Linda DeCroce-Correll

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