Assemblyman Anthony M. Bucco was selected to fill his late father’s State Senate Seat Tuesday.
“Thank you for this great honor and for always being there for my father and for me,” Bucco said.
The 25th district’s Republican County Committee members voted to Bucco into the seat without contest. The convention did not accept floor nominations, and Bucco was the only candidate to file a letter of intent before the Oct. 8 deadline.
Morris County Sheriff James Gannon nominated Bucco.
Senate sources say Bucco will be sworn in next week, creating an immediate vacancy in the Assembly that must be filled within 35 days.
Because the vacancy cannot be filled for seven days after it is created, the seat will remain vacant until after election day.
Bucco will remain on the ballot for Assembly despite having no intention of keeping the seat if he wins.
He and his running mate, Denville Councilman Brian Bergen, face challenges from Democrats Lisa Bhimani and Darcy Draeger.
Bucco’s father, State Sen. Tony R. Bucco, died of a heart attack on Sept. 16. He was 81.