Former Assemblywoman Betty Cox has died

Former state Assemblywoman Elizabeth “Betty” Cox  has died at the age of 85.

Cox, a founding member of the Women’s Political Caucus, served in the Assembly from November 1971 to December 1972 after winning  a special election to fill the unexpired term of Herbert Heilmann who resigned to become Assistant Commissioner of Labor in the cabinet of Governor William Cahill.  She served 13 years as the chairwoman of the Summit Republican Party.

Cox, a staunch advocate for women and specifically women in politics, also worked from 1991 to 2002 for the State Department of Community Affairs Division on Women, now part of the Department of Children and Families.

"He’s obviously working very, very hard at it. I mean he’s traveling all over the country as chairman of the [Republican Governors Association] and I think at this point he has as good a chance or better than anybody else. His name is household word all across the country, and I think he would make a great president."
—former U.S. Rep. Jim Saxton (R-3), on Gov. Chris Christie