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Assemblywoman BettyLou DeCroce. (Photo: Kevin Sanders for New Jersey Globe)

GOP elected officials in five Morris towns endorse DeCroce re-election

Barranco’s hometown Republicans go to incumbent

By David Wildstein, May 17 2021 11:43 am

A group of two dozen local elected officials from five towns in Morris County are backing a bid by Assemblywoman Betty Lou DeCroce (R-Parsippany) to win her off the line Republican primary next month.

DeCroce narrowly lost the Morris GOP convention in March by 9 votes against Christian Barranco, a member of the politically influential International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 102.

In Jefferson, Barranco’s hometown, Mayor Eric Wilsusen and all five township council members have endorsed DeCroce.

DeCroce also picked up public support from all three Republicans on the Parsippany Township Council – Michael de Pierro, Loretta Gragnani and Paul Carifi –and from Montville Mayor Frank Cooney and three of the four township committee members.

All four Republicans on the Morris Plains Borough Council also came out for DeCroce, along with Kinnelon Mayor James Freda and the entire Republican majority on the Kinnelon council.

“This show of support from Republican officials throughout the district is especially gratifying,” DeCroce said.  “I work hard to deliver resources and solve problems.”

Barranco and seven-term incumbent Jay Webber (R-Morris Plains) are running together on the newly-created organization line on a ticket head by gubernatorial candidate Jack Ciattarelli.

DeCroce has the organization line alone in Passaic and Essex counties.

A fourth candidate, Morris County Commissioner Tom Mastrangelo, is also in the race.

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