Assemblyman Alex DeCroce, a legislator since 1989 and the Assembly Republican Leader since 2003, has led his caucus’ fight for higher ethical standards, economic growth, fiscal integrity and property tax reform so New Jersey can become a more affordable state in which to live and work.
Several major policy initiatives have been championed by Assembly Republicans under DeCroce’s stewardship. A Common Sense Plan for an Affordable New Jersey (2008) contains a long- and short-term economic stimulus plan that includes a sales tax “holiday” and constitutional restraints on the state’s ability to raise taxes, spend money and incur new debt. Choice for Change (2007) is a populist agenda that would give people the ability to place binding questions on the ballot through initiative and referendum and make it easier to recall public officials. A Blueprint for a Corrupt-Free New Jersey (2006) calls for the abolition of “pay-to-play” at all levels of government, an immediate ban on dual office holding, a prohibition of “wheeling” campaign cash, suspensions of indicted public officials without pay and tougher ethical standards for office-holders. A Blueprint for Property Tax Reform (2005) outlined a fiscally-prudent way to permanently lower property taxes by 30 percent for most homeowners in three years.
DeCroce also promoted Assembly Republican plans to eliminate waste and “pork” from the state budget and reduce spending by billions of dollars. He also offered a way to fund New Jersey transportation needs without higher tolls or taxes.
Other leadership positions held by DeCroce during his tenure in the Assembly were Majority Leader, Deputy Speaker and Conference Leader.
Among his many legislative accomplishments are the renewal of the Transportation Trust Fund, the dedication of the motor fuels tax for transportation projects and a constitutional amendment to protect and strengthen the rights of crime victims.
DeCroce was a Morris County Freeholder from 1984 to 1989. He also served on both the Morris County boards of Elections and Taxation and was chairman of the Morris County College Board of Trustees.
The Assemblyman is a trustee of the Craftsman Farms Foundation, a member of Rotary International and an honorary board member of the New Jersey Crime Victims’ Law Center. He is a member of several chambers of commerce.
DeCroce was born in Morristown on June 10, 1936. He graduated from Boonton High School and attended Seton Hall University. He is president of the Parsippany real estate firm of Gallo-DeCroce Inc.
DeCroce married the former Betty Lou Bisson in 1994. They have three grown children and two grandchildren.
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