Tuesday, January 24, 2012
26th District legislator says transitioning after the loss of DeCroce is 'difficult and unpleasant.'
The Morris County Republican Committee meets Wednesday for a special convention to fill the seat left vacant by the sudden Jan. 9 death of 26th District Assemblyman Alex DeCroce, of Parsippany. One of the GOP leaders awaiting the event being held at the Zeris Inn in Mountain Lakes is the late lawmaker's colleague, district office mate and friend—a man in mourning yet moving forward—Assemblyman Jay Webber. In addition to dealing with the personal loss of DeCroce, Webber also faces a move to new district offices. Because of redistricting, Whippany is no longer part of the 26th District, which means the DeCroce/Webber suite of offices on Route 10 will have to move. He said Parsippany sites are among those being considered. Right now, Webber…
Monday, January 16, 2012
If his widow seeks his seat, will any other Republicans challenge her?
Essex and Morris County towns lost a powerful ally last Monday when Assembly Republican Leader Alex DeCroce died suddenly at the end of the long last day of the lame duck session. DeCroce, 75, had been in the Assembly for almost 23 years, rising to the position as head of the GOP in the lower house in 2003. He was deputy speaker of the Assembly when the Republicans were in power between 1994 and 2001. At the time of his death, DeCroce was the most senior Assembly member and the sixth longest serving member of the Legislature. Before heading to Trenton, DeCroce was a Morris County freeholder for five years and served as its director in 1986. These almost 30 years in politics gave the Parsippany Realtor the experience and savvy to negotiate …
Tuesday, January 10, 2012
Local, state officials react to sudden loss of Assembly minority leader.
Tuesday, January 10, 2012
This story will be updated throughout the day: Local officials and former colleagues expressed shock Tuesday morning after learning Assembly Minority Leader Alex DeCroce (R-Parsippany) collapsed and died suddenly late Monday night at the Statehouse. "I was totally shocked, that was totally unexpected," Butler Mayor Robert Alviene said. "He did what he could for us while he was in power. I'm sure his heart was in the right place all the time for the county here. Im sure he'll be missed." As a result of DeCroce's death, Gov. Chris Christie will postpone his State of the State address, originally scheduled for Tuesday afternoon at 3 p.m. He is expected to deliver a eulogy to DeCroce instead. Patch will stream Christie's remarks live at 1 p.m…