Essex County Republicans awarded their organization line for State Assembly in the 26th district to just one incumbent BettyLou DeCroce (R-Parsippany), and not Jay Webber (R-Morris Plains).
DeCroce will run on the line with gubernatorial candidate Jack Ciattarelli and State Sen. Joseph Pennacchio (R-Montville).
There was no endorsement made for the second seat.
“Assemblywoman Betty Lou DeCroce has been a loyal friend to the Essex County GOP, and it was the unanimous decision of the executive committee to award her our party’s slogan. Assemblywoman DeCroce has been a tireless advocate for her district and constituents and we look forward to helping her get re-elected,” said Al Barlas, the Essex County Republican Chairman.
The decision of the Essex GOP to eschew Webber is the latest change to the circumstances of the suddenly interesting Assembly race.
DeCroce lost the support of her home county four days ago when Morris County Republicans voted to award their new organization line to Webber and challenger Christian Barranco, an IBEW Local 102 official.
One day later, Passaic County Republicans voted to give their line to DeCroce and Barranco.
Morris makes up about 78% of the votes in the 26th district Republican primary, while Passaic is 12% and Essex comprises 10%.
The 26th has four Essex municipalities: Fairfield, North Caldwell, Verona, and West Caldwell.
“I am proud to run on their line and with their great slate of candidates in the primary,” DeCroce said. “I am going to fight for every vote and this endorsement is a big step in our march to victory in June.”
This story was updated at 7:00 PM with comment from DeCroce.