Led by DeCroce & Simon, women members of NJ Legislature surge

New Jersey, the enlightened state

BettyLou DeCroce

New Jersey can now boast the 10th-highest percentage of women in the state Legislature in the 50 states — behind Connecticut and ahead of Maine.

The increase — up from 43rd in 2004 — is helped by the addition of three Assembly members since January— two of whom were appointed as temporary replacements for men who died.

Donna Simon

BettyLou DeCroce (R-Morris) replaced her late husband, Alex, and Donna Simon (R-Hunterdon) is filling in for Peter Biondi, who died two days after being re-elected. The third is Gabriela Mosquera (D-Gloucester), whose victory was overturned by the state Supreme Court, but who was appointed to fill the seat temporarily by her district’s Democratic committee.

Read the complete Auditor column in the Star-Ledger here.

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