New Jersey lawmaker dies at Statehouse, Governor postpones address
TRENTON, New Jersey: On January 9, state assemblyman Alex DeCroce passed away while at the Statehouse. DeCroce had been influential in New Jersey Governor Chris Christie's political career, and Christie postponed his State of the State address, planned for that evening.
Assembly Minority Leader DeCroce (R) collapsed and died shortly after a long legislative session that went late into the night. Cause of death has not yet been released. DeCroce had served in the New Jersey General Assembly since 1989, representing Morris County. He was 75 when he died.
That evening, swearing-in ceremonies for newly elected legislators were scaled back. Christie and other of DeCroce's colleagues then addressed the assembly, using the time set aside for the State of the State address to instead eulogize DeCroce. Christie said DeCroce was "a valued advisor, an unshakeable ally and a source of all that is good in politics and in public service."
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