About Parker Space
Hometown: Wantage. I have lived and worked in Wantage my entire life.
Family: I have been married for 26 years to my wife, Jill. We have three children, Hunter, 24, Lindsey, 23, Kelsey, 19.
Education: High Point Regional High School Class of 1987
Occupation: Owner of Space Farms Zoo and Museum; Farmer; Owner of Extreme Pizza of Wantage, its first franchise in New Jersey; New Jersey State Assemblyman.
Experience: I have served as an Assemblyman since 2013, serving on the Labor Committee, Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee, and Commerce and Economic Development Committee. I am a member of State Legislators for Legal Immigration (a network of legislators working together in demanding full cooperation among our federal, state and local governments in eliminating all economic attractions and incentives for illegal aliens, as well as securing our borders against unlawful invasion). I am the New Jersey Angling, Hunting, and Conservation Caucus Assembly Republican co-chairman and a member of the State Automotive Enthusiast Leadership Caucus. Sussex County freeholder from 2010 to 2013. Wantage Township committeeman from 2004 to 2010 and served three years as mayor.
Are you currently serving on a council, board or committee? Yes
I have been a Wantage Township volunteer firefighter for 29 years and served as chief. I also serve as the Republican State committeeman for Sussex County since 2009 and as a Sussex County Republican committeeman. Both are elected but volunteer positions.
What else should we know?
I am the third generation to run our family
business which started in 1927 (92nd anniversary this year). I am a life member of the National Rifle Association and a member of both the N.J. Farm Bureau and the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB). I love to shoot, hunt and ride my motorcycle and spend time with my wife and kids.
Awards & Recognition
Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) New Jersey Outstanding State Legislator of the Year 2018
Americans for Prosperity (AFP) “Champion of the Taxpayer” Award for 2016-2017
Americans For Prosperity “Taxpayer Hero” Award for 2014-2015
Americans For Prosperity “Defender of the Taxpayer” Award for 2013
National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) Guardian of Small Business Award - 2017
National Federation of Independent Business Guardian of Small Business Award – 2015
American Conservative Union (ACU) Award for Conservative Excellence in 2018
American Conservative Union Award for Conservative Excellence in 2017
American Conservative Union Award for Conservative Excellence in 2016
American Conservative Union Award for Conservative Excellence in 2015
American Conservative Union Award for Conservative Excellence in 2014
American Conservative Union ACU Conservative in 2013
About Hal Wirths
I have been a resident of Sussex County for my entire life, having lived in Franklin, Wantage and Hardyston.
Family: I have been married to my wife, Debbie, for 33 years. We are the proud parents of two adult daughters, Courtney and Erin.
Education: Associate degree from Upsala College
Occupation: New Jersey State Assemblyman and Self-employed investor
Experience: First elected to the Assembly in
2018, I serve on three committees: Appropriations; Labor; Telecommunications and Utilities.
I am a member of State Legislators for Legal Immigration (a network of legislators working together in demanding full cooperation among our federal, state and local governments in eliminating all economic attractions and incentives for illegal aliens, as well as securing our borders against unlawful invasion), the New Jersey Angling, Hunting, and Conservation Caucus, and the State Automotive Enthusiast Leadership Caucus.
From 2010 to 2016, I served as commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development. I implemented aggressive fraud-fighting efforts, saving taxpayers over $800 million.
I served on the Economic Development Authority, State Ethics Commission, State Employment & Training Commission, and State Health Benefits Design Committee.
For nearly 20 years, I owned/managed two furniture stores. I'm an original founder of Noble Community Bank, which today is part of Lakeland Bank.
I was a Sussex County freeholder for nearly a decade. I served on the New Jersey's Parole Board for nearly a year.
Are you currently serving on a council, board or committee?
I am a Sussex County Republican Committeeman with over 30 years of service and I am a Rotarian.
What else should we know?
Being Labor Commissioner allowed me to develop relationships with legislators and staff, enabling me to hit the ground running as an Assemblyman to better assist the district.
Awards & Recognition
FBI Recognition for Investigation of Great Importance
Thomas Kelly Government Service Award
New Jersey Chamber of Commerce Business Advocate of the Year Award
New Jersey Business & Industry Association Paul L. Troast Award for Public Service
National Association of State Workforce Agencies (NASWA) State Excellence Award for Leadership (SEAL) Award for Hurricane Sandy Response
US Department of Labor Unemployment Insurance Innovation Award for Integrity
Rotary-Paul Harris Fellow Award
Sussex County Republican Committee Chairman's Award
Sussex County Economic Development Partnership Business Advocacy Award
Big Brothers/Big Sisters Service Award
President's Volunteer Service Award
Chamber of Commerce of Southern New Jersey’s 2017 Public Service Award