Assemblywoman Betty Lou DeCroce (R-Parsippany) announced today that she will seek re-election to a fifth term in the State Assembly.
“The people in my district want a representative who is willing to compromise in order to get things done, but who is also unafraid to take a stand when extreme policies in Trenton threaten our taxpayers and our quality of life,” said DeCroce.
DeCroce’s running mate, Jay Webber (R-Morris Plains), is also seeking re-election.
The DeCroce-Webber relationship has been strained. In 2018, DeCroce endorsed Anthony Ghee against Webber in the Republican primary for Congress in New Jersey’s 11th district.
In 2017, DeCroce faced a fierce primary challenge from Morris County freeholders Hank Lyon and John Cesaro. She defeated Lyon by 1,889 votes, with Cesaro finishing fourth.
Lyon gave up his freeholder seat to run for Assembly, and Cesaro lost the GOP primary for re-election to the Board of Freeholders last year.
So far, no Republicans have announced plans to challenge the incumbents in the June primary.
Verona Democratic municipal chair Laura Berman Fortgang and Jefferson Democratic municipal chair Christine Clarke have already announced plans to challenge Webber and DeCroce in the 26th district.
A former deputy commissioner of community affair and ex-Roxbury Township Clerk, DeCroce won an Assembly seat in 2012 following the death of her husband, Assembly Minority Leader Alex DeCroce.
DeCroce says she’s running again to serve as a check and balance against Gov. Phil Murphy’s agenda.
“Unlike most Trenton politicians, I refuse to believe that spending more money is the answer to every problem,” said DeCroce. “We need to stop with the band aid approach and advance real reform of our failed school funding formula that is cheating students and punishing taxpayers. Moreover, we need to make healthcare more affordable by holding insurance companies accountable and putting healthcare decisions back in the hands of patients and their doctors.”