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BettyLou DeCroce

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BettyLou DeCroce
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New Jersey General Assembly District 26
In office
2012 - Present
Term ends
January 12, 2016
Years in position 3
Base salary$49,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 5, 2013
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 3, 2015
AppointedFebruary 2012
Term limitsN/A
Date of birth11/17/1952
Office website
Personal website
BettyLou DeCroce (b. November 17, 1952) is a Republican member of the New Jersey General Assembly, representing District 26. She was first appointed to the chamber in 2012 to replace her late husband Alex DeCroce (R), and won a special election for the rest of his term on November 6, 2012.[1][2]


DeCroce studied government at Rutgers University and Business at Berkley College. Her professional experience includes working as Deputy Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs.[3]

Committee assignments

2015 legislative session

At the beginning of the 2015 legislative session, DeCroce served on the following committees:

New Jersey Committee Assignments, 2015
Commerce and Economic Development
Transportation and Independent Authorities
Public Schools

2014 legislative session

In the 2014 legislative session, DeCroce served on the following committees:



Double dipping is a term used to describe the practice of allowing government employees to "retire," start collecting a pension and then return to work for the state while continuing to receive pension benefits. It is currently permitted in New Jersey. Banning or limiting double dipping is among the proposals in New Jersey to reduce the state pension obligation. Two companion bills, S601 and A860, were introduced in the 2012-2013 legislative session. As of March 2015 neither has reached the floor for a vote. In July 2013 New Jersey Watchdog published an article focusing on double dipping by New Jersey state legislators. The report identified 18 state lawmakers who receive retirement checks totaling $782,000 a year in addition to their legislative salaries. The roster includes leaders of each party in both the Senate and Assembly.[4]DeCroce was included on the list of legislators currently receiving pension benefits and a legislative salary. According to the 2013 report, DeCroce receives a $55,872 pension per year. The employer at retirement was Community Affairs.[4]



See also: New Jersey General Assembly elections, 2013

DeCroce won re-election in the 2013 election for New Jersey General Assembly District 26. DeCroce was bracketed with Jay Webber. She was unopposed in the June 4 Republican primary. She and incumbent Jay Webber (R) defeated Elliot Isibor (D) and Joseph Raich (D) in the general election, which took place on November 5, 2013.[5][6][7][8]

New Jersey General Assembly, District 26 General Election, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngBettyLou DeCroce Incumbent 32.9% 35,352
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJay Webber Incumbent 32.6% 35,028
     Democratic Elliot Isibor 17.4% 18,720
     Democratic Joseph Raich 17.1% 18,379
Total Votes 107,479


See also: State legislative special elections, 2012

DeCroce faced a special election to determine if she would continue to hold the Assembly District 26 seat. She defeated Joseph Raich (D) in the special election on November 6, 2012.[9][10][11]

New Jersey General Assembly, District 26, Special Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Joseph Raich 39.5% 33,618
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngBettyLou DeCroce 60.5% 51,485
Total Votes 85,103

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for DeCroce is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, DeCroce raised a total of $119,460 during that time period. This information was last updated on August 27, 2013.[12]

BettyLou DeCroce's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 New Jersey General Assembly, District 26 Won $119,460
Grand Total Raised $119,460


DeCroce won election to the New Jersey General Assembly in 2012. During that election cycle, DeCroce raised a total of $119,460.
New Jersey General Assembly 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to BettyLou DeCroce's campaign in 2012
New Jersey Republican State Cmte$12,995
Election Fund of Alex Decroce$8,200
Assembly Republican Victory$6,000
Morris County Republican Club$2,994
Langer, Jerrold I$2,600
Total Raised in 2012$119,460
Source: Follow the Money


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In 2014, the 216th New Jersey State Legislature will be in session from January 14 through January 1, 2016.


In 2012, the 215th New Jersey State Legislature, first annual session, was in session from January 10 to January 9, 2013. In 2013, the 215th New Jersey State Legislature, second annual session, was in session from January 10 to January 13, 2014.

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DeCroce has two sons and three grandchildren.

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