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Frelinghuysen backs DeCroce for another term

Sierra Club backs Clarke for State Senate

By Nikita Biryukov, May 12 2021 9:53 am

Former Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen endorsed Assemblywoman BettyLou DeCroce for another term in the Assembly Wednesday.

“We have been friends for well over thirty years, and she is thoughtful, hardworking, and a very conscientious public servant. She is a conservative Republican who knows the issues and cares about New Jersey’s future,” he said. “I’ve had the honor of representing all the towns in her legislative district, when I served in Congress, so I can personally attest to her commitment to her home county of Morris, but also to communities in Essex and Passaic.”

DeCroce is running for re-election in a peculiar contest that has seen Morris County Republicans drop her from their first-ever party line. They narrowly backed former Pompton Lakes councilman Christian Barranco over the incumbent, who has lines in the Passaic and Essex County portions of the district.

Morris accounts for most of the district’s Republican primary votes.

“Goodness knows that women in the political arena work twice as hard to get elected than most men. BettyLou is one of them, with a professional background in municipal government before representing us in Trenton,” Frelinghuysen said. “She fights for all of us, and we need her there, again, because she is fearless.”

Also on Wednesday, the New Jersey Sierra Club endorsed Democrat Christine Clarke for the State Senate seat held by Joe Pennacchio (R-Montville).

“She has been an advocate of a green transition to a clean energy economy to protect New Jersey from negative climate and environmental impacts,” NJ Sierra Club state political chair Karen Becker said. “We believe that Christine Clarke will continue to be a strong environmental leader and we fully endorse her for State Senate in the Democratic Primary through to the General Election this November.”

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