Source: The Star-Ledger -
Does Assemblywoman BettyLou DeCroce have a problem with Rudy Giuliani?
While discussing a bill to regulate ride sharing services like Uber at an Assembly Transportation Committee hearing today, DeCroce (R-Morris) asked Uber’s representative, Nicole Benincasa, some pointed questions about how rigorous their background checks are and why they don’t finger print drivers.
Benincasa responded that they’re very rigorous, and that they hired the consulting firm of former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani to audit them.
DeCroce didn’t like that answer.
“I don’t care what Mr. Giuliani thinks, because that’s New York. This is New Jersey,” she shot back.
The room, which included many people from the taxi and limo industry who don’t like Uber, erupted in applause.
The Auditor’s interest was piqued because back in 2007, DeCroce’s late husband, former Assembly Minority Leader Alex DeCroce, backed Giuliani’s bid for president. But Betty Lou DeCroce – at the time the clerk in Roxbury – publicly backed his rival, Mitt Romney.
Reached by phone, DeCroce said it wasn’t about Giuliani.
“She was name dropping on purpose, and I don’t care if it was a Republican or a Democrat. If a name drop is being brought in to say that’s right of New Jersey. That’s why I responded the way I did,” she said. “I felt she was trying to take a jab at me by name dropping and it wasn’t going to work.”