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Assemblywoman Betty Lou DeCroce.

Four Morris Commissioners split with county committee to back DeCroce

By Nikita Biryukov, April 05 2021 6:12 pm

Four members of Morris County’s all-Republican Board of Commissioners endorsed Assemblywoman BettyLou DeCroce (R-Parsippany-Troy Hills) for re-election Monday, breaking with the county’s GOP committee.

Commission Director Stephen Shaw and Commissioners Doug Cabana, Kathryn DeFillippo and Tayfun Selen backed DeCroce, who has held the seat since her husband, late Assemblyman Alex DeCroce, died in 2012.

“I am honored to be endorsed by these great Morris County leaders. These dedicated public servants know what it takes to keep taxes low, budget and manage tax dollars responsibly and deliver outstanding services to our County,” DeCroce said. “I am proud to have their endorsement to continue my work in the NJ Assembly on behalf of the 26th district.”

Republicans have split their support in the 26th district’s primaries. Morris Republicans awarded their first-ever county line to Assemblyman Jay Webber (R-Morris Plains) and former Pompton Lakes Councilman Christian Barranco.

Passaic Republicans dropped Webber, handing organizational support to DeCroce and Barranco, while Essex Republicans backed only DeCroce.

Morris County accounts for roughly 78% of the 26th district’s Republican primary votes, while the Passaic and Essex portions of the district make up about 12% and 10%, respectively.

Shaw’s endorsement is notable. The first-term commissioner is seeking re-election on the line this year. He’s going against the Morris County GOP by backing DeCroce, but the vote was close. Barranco won the line over DeCroce by nine votes, 87-78.

It could also mean DeCroce won’t seek to marshal her own slate of countywide candidates. In any case, the time to do so has now passed.

Commissioners Deborah Smith and John Krickus, who are also seeking re-election on the Republican line this year, were notably absent from Monday’s list of endorsements.

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