GOP Taps Widow for Late NJ Assemblyman's Seat

Alex DeCroce led New Jersey Assembly GOP for eight years.

Thursday, Jan 26, 2012  |  Updated 8:47 AM EDT
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Lawmakers across New Jersey are in mourning after Alex Decroce, the state Assembly's top Republican, suddenly dided last night just as the statehouse was wrapping up for the night. Brian Thompson reports.

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Lawmakers across New Jersey are in mourning after Alex Decroce, the state Assembly's top Republican, suddenly dided last night just as the statehouse was wrapping up for the night. Brian Thompson reports.

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Republicans have picked the widow of Assembly GOP leader Alex DeCroce to fill the seat left vacant by his sudden death.     

BettyLou DeCroce easily defeated attorney Larry Casha during a GOP county committee meeting in Mountain Lakes on Wednesday night.     

She must resign from the state Community Affairs Department. She also must win the Republican nomination during the June primary and prevail in the November election to finish serving the two-year term.     

The 26th District includes towns in Essex, Morris and Passaic counties.     

The Daily Record of Parsippany reports she told delegates she'll continue the "Republican policies'' of Gov. Chris Christie.     

Her 75-year-old husband collapsed and died at the Statehouse as the lame-duck legislative session drew to a close on Jan. 9. 

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