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Assemblyman Kevin Rooney. (Photo: Kevin Sanders for the New Jersey Globe).

Rooney will retire from Assembly

Departure follows announcement that Corrado and DePhillips will run with Barlas in 40th district next year

By David Wildstein, November 10 2022 12:03 pm

Assemblyman Kevin Rooney (R-Wyckoff) has announced that he will not seek re-election to the State Assembly in 2023, clearing the way for Essex County GOP Chairman Al Barlas to succeed him on  the 40th district Republican ticket.

“This has been something I have been weighing for the past six months, as our family has grown and my business interests have diversified,” Rooney stated.  “I have spent the last 27+ years of my life in public service.  As my time and attention are pulled in different directions, I have come to the decision to finish my legislative term and then turn my focus to those new opportunities.”

State Sen. Kristin Corrado (R-Totowa) and Assemblyman Christopher DePhillips (R-Wyckoff) announced today that they would run on a slate with Barlas.   Bergen County GOP Chairman Jack Zisa and Passaic County GOP Chairman Peter Murphy announced their endorsements.

A former Wyckoff mayor, Rooney has served in the legislature since winning a 2016 special election convention after Assemblyman Scott Rumana (R-Wayne) resigned to become a Superior Court Judge, has been in a precarious position since earlier this year.

“I pledge to my constituents in Bergen, Essex, Morris, and Passaic Counties that I will complete this term with the same commitment I always have given to providing accessible constituent services and voting based on fiscally conservative principles over the next fourteen months,” he said.

Corrado and DePhillips issued a statement recognizing Rooney’s contributions in the legislature.

“He has been a fierce advocate for our residents and unwavering in his commitment to public service,” The said.  “Together, we have battled through a global pandemic and other substantial challenges all in an effort to be the best representatives we could be for our constituents.”

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