Assemblyman Alex DeCroce, June 10, 1936 – January 9, 2012

“Kind, considerate and trustworthy…” A true Public Servant. You will be missed Mr. DeCroce.

Assemblyman Alex DeCroce and former Governors Brendan Byrne and Jon Corzine attend New Jersey Supreme Court 60th Anniversary recognition ceremony in Trenton, N.J. on Monday, Sept 8, 2008.

Assemblyman Alex DeCroce watches over Governor Chris Christie while he signs bills S2, S3 and S4 into law at the Statehouse in Trenton, N.J. on Monday, March 22, 2010.

Assemblyman Alex DeCroce speaks after Governor Chris Christie signed legislation to (1) encourage public-private partnerships for higher education institutions and (2) to reform land-use development regulations while at Montclair State University in Montclair, N.J.  on Wednesday, May 5, 2010.

Governor Chris Christie always went out of his way to shake the hand of Alex DeCroce. Here the Governor reaches out to shake hand with Assemblyman Alex DeCroce after addressing a Joint Special Session of the New Jersey Legislature in the Assembly Chambers at the Statehouse in Trenton, N.J. on Thursday, July 1, 2010.

Governor Chris Christie, Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno, Senator Tom Kean and Assemblyman Alex DeCroce meet in the Governor’s office at the Statehouse in Trenton, N.J. on July 3, 2010.

Governor Chris Christie, Senator Tom Kean and Assemblyman Alex DeCroce at the Statehouse in Trenton, N.J. on July 3, 2010.

Assembly Minority Leader Alex DeCroce with State Senator Steve Sweeney and Governor Chris Christie at his side in the Statehouse in Trenton, N.J. on Thursday, Dec. 9, 2010

“Tonight I lost a dear friend, colleague and mentor – Assembly Republican Leader Alex De Croce,” Christie said in a statement. “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 heartfelt condolences to his wife, Department of Community Affairs Deputy Commissioner Betty Lou De Croce, and to Alex’s entire family.  This is an enormous loss for our state and for me personally.”

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