The death of Assemblyman Eric Munoz (R-Summit) nearly two weeks ago creates an opening in the Assembly Republican leadership. Munoz had served as one of two Deputy Conference Leaders. It is possible that Assemblyman Scott Rumana (R-Wayne) could move up from Assistant Minority Leader, and it is not likely that retiring Assemblyman John Rooney (R-Northvale), who is also an Assistant Minority Leader, would get a leadership promotion for his last eight months in the Legislature.
Assembly Minority Leader Alex DeCroce (R-Parsippany) is a big Rumana fan — he threatened to cut off funding for Assembly races in Bergen County this year if the organization didn't back Rumana for a second term — and could give the freshman lawmaker a small boost in his contested primary by offering him what legislators view as a more important leadership position.
If Rumana gets the bump, Assistant Minority Whips Dawn Addiego (R-Evesham) and David Rible (R-Wall) could get the chance to move up to Assistant Minority Leader. That opens up the Assistant Minority Whip slot for one of the other eighteen Assembly Republicans who are not already in leadership or not leaving the Assembly at the end of the year.