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Whippany, NJ: Dozens Gather Outside Alex DeCroce's Office To Protest Comments On Unemployed

Daily Record — Wednesday, December 22, 2010

By JAKE REMALY
STAFF WRITER

HANOVER — About 75 people demonstrated today outside of Assembly Minority Leader Alex DeCroce's legislative office in Whippany on Route 10 to draw attention to his remarks about unemployment benefits being to good for "these people.''

Many of the protestors carried signs, with "Grinch'' related staments such as "You're a Mean One Mr. DeCroce'' and "Bah Humbug to you Mr. DeCroce.''

The demonstration was put together by the New Jersey Working Family Alliance and New Jersey Citizen Action to protest DeCroce's remark to a group of business leaders that unemployment benefits should be reduced to encourage people to look for work and that he was "one of the few people here ... who feel that benefits are too good for these people.''

The remark was criticized by the Democratic leadership among others.

DeCroce, R-Morris Plains, later apologized for what he said was a poorly expressed comment and said he was speaking only of "individuals who are gaming the system.''

Several of the people protesting today said they were part of construction unions and have been hit hard by the downturn in the economy, including David Critchley of Local 4 of the Roofer's Union.

The construction trades have been hit really hard, according to Critchley, who said DeCroce's remarks shows he's out of touch.

A phone message left with DeCroce's office was not immediately returned.

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