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Local And State Officials Issue Statements On Death Of Former UC Assemblywoman

Summit resident Betty Cox, who served in the NJ Assembly in the 1970s and represented Union County, has died.

Assembly Republican Leader Jon Bramnick, R-Union, Morris and Somerset, issued a joint statement today regarding the death of former Assemblywoman Elizabeth "Betty" Cox, 85. The former legislator represented Union County:

“Although Betty’s tenure as a legislator was brief, she served the people of New Jersey and her constituents in Union County with distinction and honor. Her service to our state and, in particular to Union County, is appreciated and will not be forgotten. On behalf of the Assembly Republican caucus, I wish to offer our sincerest condolences to Betty’s family and friends.”

Cox served in the Assembly from November of 1971 to December of 1972. She also worked for the NJ Department of Community Affairs from 1991 to 2002 and was a member of the Union County Republican Committee. Cox was born on Sept. 20, 1927. She resided in Summit.

In addition, Union County Republican Chairman Phil Morin issued the following statement on the death of Betty Cox:

"It is with great sadness that I inform you that former Assemblywoman Elizabeth "Betty" Cox has passed away. Betty has held more positions in the Republican organizations in Summit, Union County and the State Republican Party than probably any Republican in Union County. Betty was a champion of women's rights, a former Summit Republican Chair, a Republican State Committee woman, a founding member of the Union County Women's Political Caucus, and a delegate and honorary delegate to several Republican National Conventions - just to list a few of her accomplishments. Betty devoted her life to our Republican party. Her knowledge of party history and parliamentary procedure had no equal. She will be missed by all and her legacy will live on through the countless number of Republican political leaders, officials, volunteers and supporters she counseled and advised."

Pat Quattrocchi December 29, 2012 at 05:07 PM
Though she could be a bit abrasive in her later years Betty Cox was a fount of information regarding politics/policy in NJ. She had an illustrious career and was a champion for women's rights very early on, starting with her days back with "Radio Free Europe". A true trail blazer she will be missed. Gotta Love Ya Betty.......Patricia Quattrocchi, Mayor Borough of Garwood

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