Remembering Alex DeCroce

Governor Chris Christie:

“I lost a dear friend, colleague, and mentor – Assembly Republican Leader Alex De Croce. I have known Alex for nearly twenty years. 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. He was an enormously accomplished legislator and a tremendous servant to the people of New Jersey. Mary Pat and I offer our most heartfelt condolences to his wife, Department of Community Affairs Deputy Commissioner Betty Lou DeCroce, and to Alex’s entire family. This is an enormous loss for our state and for me personally.”

Assembly Republican Conference Leader Jon Bramnick:

“I am deeply saddened by the shocking and painful loss of Leader DeCroce. Alex became a close personal friend over the years and I spent many hours by his side. He was a model statesman who led our caucus with grace and integrity. Alex was a mentor to many of us, and his wisdom and kindness made this state a better place. Our thoughts and prayers are with Betty Lou and the entire DeCroce family. We have lost one of our most dedicated public servants.”

Assembly Republican Whip David Rible:

“Our entire caucus will miss Alex deeply. He was a friend to everyone he met, from governor to custodian. Alex epitomized a tireless and selfless public servant – often running circles around legislators who were half his age. I learned how to be an Assemblyman because of Alex DeCroce. His generosity, leadership and public service made New Jersey a better place. I thank his family for allowing him to spend so much time serving the people of New Jersey and offer them my sincere condolences.”

Assemblyman Jay Webber:

“Today I mourn with deep sadness the loss of my friend and colleague Assemblyman Alex DeCroce. Alex was a tireless public servant who cared deeply for our great State, Morris County, and his beloved hometown of Parsippany. Over a career of public service spanning five decades, Alex displayed an extraordinary dignity and commitment to his constituents that was an example for everyone in public life. Alex was generous, compassionate, and smart, and those gifts and more allowed him to be a very effective and successful legislator. Quite simply, Alex DeCroce has left New Jersey a better place than he found it. So even as I grieve with and for his beloved wife BettyLou over Alex’s passing, I can’t help but celebrate his life, and be grateful and encouraged that I have been blessed to count Alex DeCroce as a mentor, leader, and friend.”

Rick Wright, Assembly Republican Executive Director:

“Alex was our friend, leader and boss who cared about us all. His loss affected each of us very deeply because his friendship, loyalty and dedication touched everyone who worked for him. I have never worked for anyone who cared more about his staff than Alex DeCroce. He died doing what he loved – working hard and fighting the good fight. I called him “boss,” but really meant, “friend.” While we grieve this terrible loss, we will keep his spirit alive, honor his life and offer our thoughts and prayers to his family.”

Assembly Speaker Sheila Y. Oliver (D-Essex/Passaic) and Assembly Majority Leader-elect Louis D. Greenwald:

“The Assembly and the state of New Jersey has been struck by a terrible and shocking loss.

“Alex DeCroce was a friend, colleague and leader.

“He was a dedicated public servant.

“He was a true New Jerseyan.

“He was always someone ready with a handshake and a laugh, no matter the circumstance, and his devotion to the people of New Jersey was unwavering.

“The Assembly has lost one of its great institutions.

“His absence will never be filled.

“We are saddened beyond words. We grieve his loss and know that the prayers and condolences of the entire New Jersey General Assembly are with his friends and family.”

Assembly Republican Deputy Conference Leader Scott Rumana:

“Words cannot express the utter shock and sadness at the sudden passing of Leader DeCroce. Alex was, first and foremost, a loving, kind and generous family man. As a legislator, he fought for what he believed in, but he was always the ultimate gentleman. For me personally, I have lost a trusted friend. The sting of his passing will be felt for a very long time by our caucus and all those who knew and loved him. I extend my heartfelt condolences to his wife, Betty Lou, and his family.”

Assembly Republican Budget Officer Declan O’Scanlon:

“Words cannot express the sadness we all feel over the loss of Alex. He was a great husband and father, and caring brother who loved his family. His energy and enthusiasm for serving the public were qualities that everyone admired. Alex was a tireless worker and could have retired at anytime, but loved being a legislator and helping others. It is fitting that he passed away in the State House doing what he loved.

“Alex led by example and always put others before himself. He is someone who can never be replaced. His friendship is something that I will always cherish. New Jersey has lost a great legislator and an even better person.

“My deepest sympathies go out to his wife, Betty Lou, his children and entire family.”

Assemblymen John Amodeo and Vince Polistina:

“Alex’s sudden passing is a shock to both of us. Our prayers go out to his wife Betty Lou and his children and grandchildren.

“Alex cared deeply for the people of New Jersey and fought passionately for the ideals that he knew would improve the lives of everyone. The realities of the Legislative politics certainly challenged his efforts as our caucus leader, but he kept rallying the troops and kept fighting for what he believed in. He would not give up.

“Through his efforts, we were able to know Alex DeCroce, the man. Alex was an authentic gentleman who kept his character intact in an all-too often ungentle profession. He was generous to us with his time and advice. Alex was our mentor, our colleague, and our friend. We miss him deeply.”

Assemblyman Bob Schroeder:

“I am deeply saddened by the sudden passing of my friend and colleague, Alex DeCroce. Alex was a dedicated public servant, respected statesman and gifted leader who served the State of New Jersey with honor and distinction. His knowledge, experience and good humor will be greatly missed. My prayers and thoughts are with Alex’s family during this difficult time.”

Assemblywoman Caroline Casagrande:

“I am deeply saddened by the sudden passing of Assembly Minority Leader Alex DeCroce. He was a great leader who worked tirelessly for our caucus and fought for the issues he believed in.

“On a personal note, Alex was my friend and an inspirational leader. Whether knocking on doors with me in my district or working with me on legislation he was generous with his time and effective in his leadership. He was a rare breed of politician who always led with kindness first. No matter how fierce the battle, he always remained a gentleman. I am a better Assemblywoman for having served with him.

“Alex DeCroce will be missed by all of us who served with him in the Legislature. My prayers and condolences go out to his wife BettyLou, his family and his cherished grandchildren as they deal with this tragic loss.”