BOONTON TWP. – Like many veteran politicians, the late Senator Anthony R. Bucco had an Election Day ritual.
He got up early, bought donuts at a bakery in nearby Denville and treated poll workers in Boonton and Boonton Township to an early morning treat. Over time, his son, took up the custom as well, visiting a local Dunkin Donuts and dropping by polling places.
The elder Bucco died in September. But on this Election Day, his son Anthony M. Bucco, continued the practice.
The sun was just rising when Bucco, who is on the ballot for an Assembly seat in District 25, showed up at the polling place at Boonton Township Hall with a box of doughnuts. This was the beginning of a long 14-hour plus day for workers so they appreciated the snacks.
Reflecting on the death of his father and local controversy about joining the Senate while still seeking re-election to the Assembly, Bucco said the last few weeks have been very rough.
For the rest of the day, he planned breakfast with his wife and a family dinner before following results.