|Member of the
New Jersey General Assembly
from the 26th district
Serving with Jay Webber
|Preceded by||Alex DeCroce|
|Born||November 17, 1952|
|Residence||Parsippany-Troy Hills, New Jersey|
BettyLou DeCroce (born November 17, 1952) is an American Republican Party politician, who has served in the New Jersey General Assembly since 2012, where she has represented the 26th Legislative District after being appointed to fill the seat following the death of her husband, Alex DeCroce.
Alex DeCroce, who had served in the Assembly since 1993, died on January 9, 2012, at the age of 75, shortly after the 214th Legislature had ended. On January 25, 2012, BettyLou DeCroce, his widow, was selected by the Morris County Republican Committee to replace him in the Assembly. She won a November 2012 special election for the remainder of the term, defeating the Democratic candidate Joseph Raich.
DeCroce serves in the Assembly on the Commerce & Economic Development, Transportation & Independent Authorities, the Joint Committee on Public Schools, and the Intergovernmental Relations Commission.
Assemblywoman DeCroce is a realtor who is the president and owner of the firm ERA Gallo & DeCroce, Inc. She served as a member of the Township Council of Mine Hill Township from 1981 to 1983. She served on the Roxbury Township planning board from 1984 to 1987, and was employed by the township as its deputy township manager from 1991 through 2002 and as its Township Clerk from 1988 to 2010. She has served on the Morris County Joint Insurance Fund and was the North Jersey Health Insurance Fund Commissioner. She was Deputy Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs from 2010 to 2012 in Governor Chris Christie's Administration. During this time, she authored the Best Practices for Municipalities, which became a statewide model for identifying efficiencies in local government for reducing property taxes.
Each of the forty districts in the New Jersey Legislature has one representative in the New Jersey Senate and two members in the New Jersey General Assembly. The other representatives from the 26th District for the 2014-2015 Legislative Session are:
- Staff. "N.J. Assemblyman Alex DeCroce collapses, dies in Statehouse after long legislative session", The Star-Ledger, January 10, 2012. Accessed October 10, 2012. "Longtime Assemblyman Alex DeCroce, the leading Republican of the state’s lower house who represented Morris County for 23 years, collapsed and died in a bathroom inside the Statehouse late Monday night, just moments after the 214th Legislature held its final voting session."
- Goldberg, Dan. "BettyLou DeCroce to assume N.J. Assembly seat, succeed husband in 2 weeks", The Star-Ledger, January 26, 2012. Accessed October 10, 2012. "It will be about two weeks before BettyLou DeCroce officially takes her seat in the state Assembly. She was selected Wednesday night by the Republican County Committee to fill the seat left vacant by the death on Jan. 9 of her husband, Alex DeCroce, the Assembly minority leader."
- Rizzo, Salvador (November 7, 2012). "N.J. Assemblywomen secure seats in special election". The Star-Ledger. Retrieved November 8, 2012.
- Assemblywoman DeCroce's legislative web page, New Jersey Legislature. Accessed April 15, 2008.
- Legislative Roster 2014-2015 Session, New Jersey Legislature. Accessed February 4, 2015.
- Assemblywoman DeCroce's legislative web page, New Jersey Legislature
- New Jersey Legislature financial disclosure forms: