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

Longshoremen back DeCroce’s re-election bid

By Nikita Biryukov, May 10 2021 11:00 am

The International Longshoremen’s Association backed Assemblywoman BettyLou DeCroce’s re-election last week, she announced Monday.

“Our ILA New Jersey members and their families benefit from your steadfast commitment and leadership promoting education, safer communities and cutting government waste,” union president Harold Daggett said. “You have proven yourself to be an elected officially who genuinely cares about the people and business in our Garden State and enhancing the lives of all who work and reside here.”

DeCroce (R-Parsippany-Troy Hills) faces a contested primary in her bid for a sixth term in the legislature’s lower chamber.

Morris County Republicans this year voted to award their first-ever county line to Assemblyman Jay Webber (R-Morris Plains) and former Pompton Lakes councilman Christian Barranco, a journeyman member IBEW Local 102.

DeCroce and Barranco have the line in Passaic County, while Essex Republicans awarded their line only to the assemblywoman.

Morris accounts for roughly 78% of the district’s Republican primary votes, with 12% coming from Passaic and 10% from Essex.

“I am so grateful to the International Longshoreman’s Association and their President, Harold Daggett, for this endorsement and their vote of confidence. As a member of the Assembly Transportation Committee, I know the vital role the ILA and their members play in the NJ economy and the economy of the entire region,” DeCroce said. “I am humbled by this endorsement and promise to always to be a partner with important stakeholders like the ILA.”

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