For Immediate Release                                                                                      Contact:  Kelly Hart

September 17, 2019                                                                                                     973-464-1047

Assemblymen Parker Space and Hal Wirths announced today that the New Jersey State Policemen’s Benevolent Association (PBA) has endorsed their candidacies in the 24th Legislative District that includes all of Sussex County, 11 towns in Warren County and Mt. Olive in Morris County.

Space and Wirths cited their opposition to:

  • Democrat policy turning New Jersey into a “sanctuary state;”

  • Democrat proposals to force first responders to reside where they are employed.

Space and Wirths cited their support of:

  • Pro-police legislation to protect the workers compensation of first responders who die in the line of duty;

  • Totally prohibit motor vehicle ticket quotas;

  • Require police departments to issue identification cards to those who retire in good standing so, under federal law, the retiree can carry a firearm across state lines;

  • Increase penalties for home invasions;

  • Subject cop killers to the death penalty;

  • Calling for Cuba to extradite convicted cop killer Joanne Chesimard; and

  • Protecting the retirement of law enforcement officers without raising taxes.

“Hal and I have always been proud to stand with the men and women in blue,” said Space. “We look forward to continuing to work together with law enforcement at all levels on issues of importance to them.

“Trenton Democrats have been bottling up common sense legislation to protect the workers compensation of law enforcement and first responders who die in the line of duty,” Space noted, as he and Wirths are sponsors of A-4058.  “Many families of fallen officers and emergency personnel wait years before they receive their just compensation fighting insurance companies over technicalities.  This is morally unacceptable.”

Wirths, serving his first term in the Assembly, said “Parker and I are moved by the support of the law enforcement community and the faith they have put in us.

“We all have seen the unfair attacks made by left-winged activists against our police officers,” Wirths stated. “Parker and I are proud to support them against these hostile actions by those who undermine our public safety.”

There are 33,000 members of the PBA across New Jersey.

In announcing the PBA’s endorsement of Space and Wirths, State PBA President Pat Colligan said the following:

“Your support of our efforts to protect the men and women of law enforcement, on the job and in their retirements, during this legislative session is greatly appreciated.  We are grateful for your support of our initiatives to strengthen and protect our retirement system and to ensure that our members are provided the resources to stay safe and protect our residents.  Over the course of this past legislative session you have answered the call whenever the law enforcement community and the State PBA have needed you.”

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Paid for by Parker Space for Assembly, PO Box 263, Sussex, NJ  07461; Wirths for Assembly, 12 Cornwall Court, Hamburg, NJ  07419;