Democratic Assembly candidate Laura Fortgang today slammed Assemblywoman Betty Lou DeCroce (R-Parsippany for not attending today’s Select Legislative Oversight Committee to act on the final report on the hiring of Al Alvarez.
“Nothing is more fundamental to good representation in government than the people elected actually showing up to do the work of representing,” said Fortgang, who noted that DeCroce has a pattern of absence and abstentions.
The committee voted today to release a report on the handling of rape allegations made by Katie Brennan in Alvarez’s hiring.
“This is an extremely sensitive and important subject: how can the state best handle such accusations with due process and dignity,” Fortgang said. “We are disappointed by DeCroce’s absence on this important day and note that she has failed to vote over 200 times already this term. “
Fortgang, the Verona Democratic municipal chair, says voters in the 26th district “should know her record and deserve a representative who will be capable of doing the work they send her to Trenton to do.”
In yesterday’s primary election, Fortgang and Jefferson Democratic municipal chair Christine Clarke were nominated to challenge DeCroce and Assemblyman Jay Webber (R-Morris Plains) in the general election.
DeCroce told the New Jersey Globe that her absence was due to a family matter and the committee meeting was called at the last minute.
She criticized Fortgang for not attending the other committee meetings to show her support of Brennan.
“I didn’t see her face at any of the hearings. Where was she in support of women?” DeCroce asked.
DeCroce voiced frustration that “the #MeToo movement wasn’t in Trenton when Katie was testifying.
“Why didn’t Fortgang condemn the administration for the way they treated women?” DeCroce siad.
Editor’s Note: This story was updated at 1:49 PM to include comment from DeCroce.