One endorsement that U.S. Senate candidate Joseph Pennacchio is missing: his running mate, Assembly Minority Leader Alex DeCroce. DeCroce seems intent on staying out of the Senate race, even though Pennacchio was his running mate in District 26 contests in 2001, 2003, 2005 and 2007. DeCroce’s wife, Roxbury Township Clerk Betty Lou DeCroce, served on Anne Evans Estabrook’s exploratory committee. DeCroce has not really shied away from endorsing in primaries before: in recent years, he has backed candidates for Governor, the Legislature, Freeholder and Councilman in GOP primaries.
DeCroce did not return calls from PolitickerNJ.com this week seeking comment on the U.S. Senate race; here’s the question he avoided being asked: “Were you aware of Joe Pennacchio’s nationalist manifesto in 1994 when he challenged your best friend and business partner, Dean Gallo, in the GOP primary for Congress?”