TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - The New Jersey Assembly's top Republican leader has died at the Statehouse on the final day of the legislative session.
Seventy-five-year-old Alex DeCroce collapsed in a men's room around 11 p.m. Monday night.
Assemblyman Herb Conaway, a physician, administered to DeCroce at the scene. Gov. Chris Christie issued a statement confirming DeCroce's death about 2 ½ hours later.
An emotional Christie returned to the capital around midnight and was seen hugging and receiving condolences from Assembly and Senate leaders.
DeCroce, of Parsippany-Troy Hills served in the Assembly since 1989 and became the GOP's leader there in 2003. His district includes parts of Morris and Passaic counties.