State Sen. Tony Bucco (R-Morris) has been diagnosed with squamous carcinoma, a treatable and curable form of throat cancer, Bucco family spokesman Mike DuHaime said Friday.
“Sen. Bucco will undergo seven weeks of radiation and chemotherapy at Morristown Medical Center. The treatments are expected to begin in the coming weeks, and the situation does not require surgery,” DuHaime said. “According to his doctors, the long-term prognosis is quite good.”
DuHaime said Bucco will return to the legislature in the spring, after his treatment is finished.
Bucco, 80, is one of the legislature’s oldest members. He has served in the Senate since 1998 and served in the legislature from 1995 to 1998.
“The senator will approach his treatments with tenacity, faith, energy and good spirits, the same way he has faced every challenge in his life of public service,” DuHaime said. “He looks forward to returning to Trenton this Spring after his treatments conclude to resume debate with his colleagues and friends from both sides of the aisle.”
Senate Minority Leader Tom Kean was among the first to publicly wish Bucco well.
“We want Sen. Bucco to know that he won’t be alone in his upcoming fight against cancer,” Kean said. “He has the prayers and full support of his Senate Republican family, and I’m sure of the entire Legislature. Knowing Tony, I have no doubt his battle against cancer will be successful.”
Bucco gave up his post as Senate Minority Budget Officer last month, taking on a less demanding post as Minority Conference Leader.
“On behalf of the New Jersey Republican State Committee, I want to offer Senator Bucco our full support in his fight against cancer,” said Republican State Chairman Doug Steinhardt. “He is a leader in the New Jersey GOP and he will be in all of our thoughts and prayers as he undergoes treatment.”