PARSIPPANY, NJ (CBSNewYork) – More than 1,000 people attended the funeral of New Jersey Assemblyman Alex DeCroce.
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DeCroce’s widow was escorted into St. Peter the Apostle Church in Parsippany by Gov. Chris Christie and his wife.
The 75-year-old assemblyman collapsed and died at the statehouse in Trenton following a marathon session Monday night. Police say his death was heart-related.
Instead of delivering his State of the State the following day, Gov. Christie eulogized DeCroce as a man who always had the people of Morris County at heart.
“He fought the good fight on this floor, right to the very end of his life,” Christie said. “That’s so often said metaphorically of people in this business, but those of you who were here on this floor last night, you know that it was literally true about Alex.”
The Republican lawmaker was known not only as a tireless leader for the people of New Jersey, but as a kind, trustworthy and considerate person.
DeCroce joined the State Assembly in 1989 and had been the Republican minority leader since 2003. His office was based in Whippany.
The funeral was followed by burial at the Gate of Heaven Cemetery in East Hanover.