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2 Legislators From A Largely Republican New Jersey District Serving Warren County To Retire!

Two Republican state legislators from one of the most conservative districts in New Jersey are leaving office at the end of their current term. Assemblyman Hal Wirths (R-Sussex) stated last week that he will not run for reelection next year, following in the footsteps of Assemblyman Parker Space (R-Sussex) who did the same nine months earlier.

This means that in the general election of 2023, all 120 seats in the New Jersey State Assembly will be up for grabs, including both seats in the 24th District, which comprises parts of Morris, Sussex, and Warren counties in northern New Jersey.

Commissioner of the state Department of Labor under former Governor Chris Christie, Wirths announced last Friday that he will not run for reelection due to health concerns. The 57-year-old lawmaker said in a statement, “After much deliberate thinking, I have decided that I am at a place in my life where I am ready to slow it down slightly.”

2 Legislators From A Largely Republican New Jersey District Serving Warren County To Retire!

The details of my wife’s health problems have been widely reported, and I myself had a scare not too long ago. After facing such a serious challenge, I realized that there are other things I want to do for the rest of my life. Wirths is the Republican budget officer in the Assembly.

He formerly served as a freeholder in Sussex County and on the New Jersey Parole Board. He has been highly critical of the Democratically controlled state government’s handling of the state budget.

Meanwhile, in March, Space stated that, after serving for ten years in the Assembly, he would not be seeking reelection due to “deep changes” in his life. He mentioned that his sister had left the family business, the Space Farms Zoo, and Museum in Wantage, after the passing of their father.

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2 Legislators From A Largely Republican New Jersey District Serving Warren County To Retire!

He said in a statement, “These occurrences have placed extra responsibility upon me as we look to continue operating our family business into the next generation.” The lawmaker is 53 years old. In the end, I’ve come to the conclusion that the success of our family business requires 100 percent of my time and energy.

Assemblyman and farmer David Space said he takes “great satisfaction” in being the lone farmer in the Legislature and that, as a “proud” small business owner, he has sought to “balance the requirements of both employers and employees.”

Similarly, he has been the subject of heated debate. Space has a tattoo of the Confederate flag on his bicep, and he proudly displayed a Confederate flag on Facebook that included the likeness of country singer Hank Williams Jr.

2 Legislators From A Largely Republican New Jersey District Serving Warren County To Retire!

Moreover, several of the groundhogs at Space Farms have been given the moniker “Stonewall Jackson” in honor of the famous Confederate general. During the 2017 election, he was caught on tape referring to his Democratic opponent as an “elitist 1 percenter.

When asked about their plans for after their terms end in January 2024, Wirths and Space both confirmed they intend to continue serving. Their seats will be filled by the winners of next year’s elections.

The incumbent senator from this district, state senate minority leader Steven Oroho, is running again. Trenton is home to the State Capitol and the 80-member Assembly, the lower chamber of the Legislature.

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2 Legislators From A Largely Republican New Jersey District Serving Warren County To Retire!

This body is responsible for writing legislation and approving the state budget. The 2019 election will be the first to take place after a new legislative district plan is implemented. Every decade, the state redistricts its legislative districts.

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