Tragic new hit us today when we learn about the sudden death of Republican Party politician Alex DeCroce died at a men’s room inside the Statehouse, just moments after the 214th Legislature held its voting session on Monday January 10th, 2011. He is survived by his wife BettyLou DeCroce, his adult children and grandchildren.
It seemed untrue that after a whole evening working with 75 year-old Alex DeCroce, Assembly and state Senate members found out that at about 11:00 p.m he collapsed in the men’s room at the Statehouse. Efforts to resuscitate him Assemblyman Herb Conaway, physician at the legislature were not enough, he was confirmed death two hours later by his friend and fellow Republican Gov. Chris Christie.
“Tonight I lost a dear friend, colleague and mentor,” Christie said in a statement. “He helped to give me my start in elective politics in Morris County in 1993. He was one of the most kind, considerate and trustworthy people I have ever had the pleasure to know. This is an enormous loss for our state and for me personally.”
Mr. DeCroce a Seton Hall University graduate was born in Morristown. New Jersey. From 1989 until hi death he represented the represented the 26th legislative district at the New Jersey General Assembly, He once was Assembly’s Republican Leader, Republican Conference Leader from 2002–2003 and was the Deputy Speaker.
Alex DeCroce’s beloved wife BettyLou DeCroce attended Rutgers University and Berkeley College, she was a municipal clerk in Roxbury Township before she was hired by Gov, Christie in 2010 as a deputy commissioner with the Department of Community Affairs. She is also a councilwoman, Acting Township Manager, and Deputy Township Manager, Licensing Officer, Assessment Search Officer, and Public Information Officer. Mrs. DeCroce also served as Commissioner of the Morris County Joint Insurance Fund, Commissioner of the North Jersey Health Insurance Fund, and Trustee of the New Jersey Crime Victims Law Center, member of the Township of Parsippany – Board of Adjustment. And if that is not enough she manages to make time to be a real estate agent with the firm ERA Gallo & DeCroce, Inc..
We send our thoughts and prayers to Mrs.BettyLou DeCroce, her three children(all adults now) and two grandchildren, other members of her family and friends during this terrible time.