DeCroce caught Singleton absent; proxy votes wiped by majority office

TRENTON – Assemblyman Troy Singleton, (D-7), Willingboro, left the Statehouse during Monday’s lame duck session and, hours before his untimely death, Minority Leader Alex DeCroce, (R-25), Parsippany, called the newly-elected Singelton on it.

DeCroce rose late in the session and called for a quorum check, to the surprise of many lawmakers. He let Speaker Sheila Oliver, (D-34), East Orange, know in a sidebar that he believed Singleton had left the premises.

Assembly Majority spokesman Tom Hester said today that Oliver referred the matter to the Legislative Clerk. “The clerk’s office is in the process of changing the incorrect votes,” he said.

Those votes took place sometime after 8:30 p.m., roughly, Singleton said.

Crediting DeCroce on his vigilance, Singleton told PolitickerNJ today, “It’s something that will never happen again.”

Hester said the computer system changes are “cumbersome” and may not be immediate, but the votes cast after Singleton left will be nullified.

Singleton said he will accept whatever recourse Oliver deems appropriate. Hester said no recourse other than correcting the votes was being considered. Reversed, Singelton’s votes would not change the passage of any legislation handled by the Assembly on Monday.

DeCroce caught Singleton absent; proxy votes wiped by majority office