NJ GOP Assembly Leader Collapses and Dies

Posted by on Jan 10, 2012 at 7:44 am

Just an awful way to go.

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.

DeCroce, 75, of Parsippany, began serving the 26th Legislative District in the Assembly in 1989 and was the Republican minority leader since 2003.

In a statement released early this morning, Gov. Chris Christie expressed sadness over the loss of “a dear friend, colleague and mentor” whom he has known for nearly 20 years and who helped give him his start in politics.

“He was one of the most kind, considerate and trustworthy people I have ever had the pleasure to know,” Christie said. “He was an enormously accomplished legislator and a tremendous servant to the people of New Jersey.”

He added: “This is an enormous loss for our state and for me personally.”

Christie has postponed today’s State of the State address until further notice.

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