BOONTON, N.J. – One of the NJGOP’s veteran legislators is facing a tough fight in the weeks and months ahead.
“Sen. Tony Bucco (R-Morris) has been diagnosed with a treatable and curable form of throat cancer called squamous carcinoma. The cancer is localized and has not spread to any other parts of his body,” explained consultant Mike DuHaime, a close friend and ally of the Bucco family, in a statement released Friday:
“Sen. Bucco will undergo seven weeks of radiation and chemotherapy at Morristown Medical Center. The treatments are expected to begin in the coming weeks, and the situation does not require surgery. According to his doctors, the long-term prognosis is quite good.
The senator will approach his treatments with tenacity, faith, energy and good spirits, the same way he has faced every challenge in his life of public service. He looks forward to returning to Trenton this Spring after his treatments conclude to resume debate with his colleagues and friends from both sides of the aisle.”
“We want Senator Bucco to know that he won’t be alone in his upcoming fight against cancer,” added GOP Senate Leader Tom Kean Jr. in a statement of his own. “He has the prayers and full support of his Senate Republican family, and I’m sure of the entire Legislature. Knowing Tony, I have no doubt his battle against cancer will be successful.”
According to WebMD, Senator Bucco’s form of throat cancer is the second most common type diagnosed.
Bucco represents New Jersey’s Morris-centric 25th legislative district. He’s held his current office since 1998.