State Assembly District 24

Parker Space

Parker Space

Parker Space has been an assemblyman since 2013.

He is a farmer and owner of Space Farms Zoo & Museum, an institution in northwest New Jersey since 1927. His family has farmed in Sussex County for eight generations.

Previously, he was a Sussex County freeholder from 2010 to 2013 and a Wantage Township committeeman from 2004 to 2009, serving as mayor for three years. He has been a volunteer firefighter since 1989 and was fire chief from 2001 to 2002.

Space resides in Wantage with his wife and three children.

Hal Wirths

Hal Wirths

A lifelong resident of Sussex County, Hal Wirths became an assemblyman in January 2018, and budget officer in 2020.

Wirths was the Labor commissioner from 2010 to 2016, reforming the department and returning the Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund to solvency. Under his leadership, the department implemented aggressive fraud-fighting efforts, saving taxpayers over $800 million.

Previously, he was a Sussex County freeholder from 2000 to 2010. He owned and managed furniture stores for nearly 20 years, and was a founder of Noble Community Bank, now part of Lakeland Bank.

He resides in Hardyston with his wife and has two adult daughters.