The Assembly Republican leadership team is backing 26th district incumbents Jay Webber (R-Morris Plains) and Brian Bergen (R-Denville) for re-election next year, taking sides in a primary that could include one of their former colleagues.
Former Assemblywoman BettyLou DeCroce (R-Parsippany), who lost a Republican primary in 2021, has said she plans to seek a political comeback in 2023.
In a bid to thwart that effort, Webber and Bergen have secured endorsements from Assembly Minority Leader John DiMaio, Deputy Minority Leader Nancy Munoz, Republican Conference Leader Ned Thomson, Minority Whip Antwan McClellan, and Republican Budget Officer Hal Wirths.
“Jay and Brian lead the charge on the floor in Trenton every chance they get,” DiMaio said. “They are exactly the kind of Assembly Members we need if we are going to take back the majority in 2023.”
Senate Minority Leader Steve Oroho, who also represents parts of Morris County, also signed on as a supporter of Webber and Bergen,
“Jay and Brian are the kind of fighters we need to stand up to Phil Murphy’s radical agenda and protect New Jersey from his insane policies,” he said.
DeCroce lost the Morris County GOP organization line and the primary to Christian Barranco (R-Jefferson) last year. Legislative redistricting flipped Barranco into the 25th district and Bergen to the 26th.