Parker Space

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Parker Space
Assembly-Man Parker Space
Member of the New Jersey General Assembly from the 24th Legislative District
Assumed office
February 23, 2013
Serving with Harold J. Wirths
Preceded by Gary R. Chiusano
Sussex County Freeholder
In office
June 2010 – February 23, 2013
Preceded by Harold J. Wirths
Succeeded by George Graham
Mayor of Wantage Township, New Jersey
In office
2008–2009
Deputy Mayor of Wantage Township, New Jersey
In office
2006–2007
Personal details
Born (1968-12-04) December 4, 1968 (age 49)
Wantage Township, New Jersey
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Jill Space
Children three
Residence Wantage Township, New Jersey
Occupation Politician
Website Legislative biography

F. Parker Space (born December 4, 1968) is an American Republican Party politician, who has served in the New Jersey General Assembly since February 2013, where he represents the 24th Legislative District.[1] He was Mayor of Wantage Township, New Jersey.

Space is a farmer and restaurant owner who also owns Space Farms Zoo and Museum in the Beemerville section of Wantage Township in Sussex County, New Jersey.[1] He attended the Sussex County Vocational Technical School and Sussex County Fire Academy.[1] He has served with the Wantage Fire Department as a volunteer firefighter since 1989 and the department's chief 2001-2002.[2][1] He was appointed to the Sussex County Board of Chosen Freeholders in 2010 following the appointment of Harold J. Wirths to head the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development. Space won a full three-year term in the 2010 general election and was chosen as Freeholder Director in 2013.[3]

He served as freeholder until his appointment to the General Assembly filling a vacancy left by the resignation of Gary R. Chiusano in 2013.[1][4][5] Chiusano was appointed to the vacant position of Sussex County Surrogate, and Space was chosen by a convention called of party delegates from municipalities to fill the vacancy per New Jersey state law.[5] Space received 103 of the 158 delegate votes cast, defeating Bader Qarmout, John Wroblewski, and Mark Quick.[5] He was elected to his own full term in November,2013 then again in 2015, then again in 2017.

In the Assembly, for the 2018-19 session, Space serves on the Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee, the Commerce and Economic Development Committee and the Labor Committee.[1]

District 24[edit]

As of 2013, the 24th Legislative District covers 36 municipalities in Sussex, Morris and Warren counties in northwestern New Jersey, including: Allamuchy Township, Andover Borough, Andover Township, Belvidere, Blairstown, Branchville, Byram Township, Frankford Township, Franklin, Fredon Township, Frelinghuysen Township, Green, Hamburg, Hampton Township, Hardwick Township, Hardyston Township, Hopatcong, Hope Township, Independence Township, Knowlton Township, Lafayette Township, Liberty Township, Montague Township, Mount Olive Township, Newton, Ogdensburg, Oxford Township, Sandyston Township, Sparta Township, Stanhope, Stillwater Township, Sussex, Vernon Township, Walpack Township, Wantage Township and White Township. [5][6]

Each of the 40 districts in the New Jersey Legislature has one representative in the New Jersey Senate and two members in the New Jersey General Assembly.[7] The other representatives from the 13th District for the 2018-2019 Legislative Session are:[8][9]

Controversies[edit]

Space was criticized for playing Solitaire on the job during a debate on minimum wages.[10][11]

In a candidate forum in October 2015, Space was quoted as saying: "There is nothing better than an unregistered gun, believe me."[12]

In August 2017, Space was criticized for posting a photo of himself and his wife posing in front of a Confederate flag, which was superimposed with a picture of Hank Williams Jr.'s face. The inscription on the flag read: "If the South would've won, we would've had it made."[13]

On August 31, 2017, Space was recorded calling opponent Kate Matteson, saying "[...] And you can put that on the record. She is (an) elitist 1 percenter, an elitist who's a bitch. Gina, I've never met. I can't say anything bad about her. But Kate, I can. Because I know she's a bitch." [14]

  1. ^ a b c d e f New Jersey State Legislature. Members: Legislative District 24 - Assemblyman Parker Space (R) (2013). Retrieved 9 July 2013.
  2. ^ "ssemblyman Parker Space". New Jersey Assembly Republicans. Retrieved September 14, 2015. 
  3. ^ Template:Cite it press release
  4. ^ George, Andrew. "N.J. Assembly seat open as Gary Chiusano is confirmed for Sussex County surrogate post" in The Express-Times (7 February 2013). Retrieved 9 July 2013.
  5. ^ a b c d George, Andrew. "Parker Space selected to fill 24th District vacancy in N.J. Assembly" in The Express-Times (25 February 2013). Retrieved 9 July 2013.
  6. ^ Districts by Number, New Jersey Legislature. Accessed August 4, 2010.
  7. ^ Article IV, New Jersey State Constitution (1947).
  8. ^ Legislative Roster 2018-2019 Session, New Jersey Legislature. Accessed January 21, 2018.
  9. ^ District 24 Legislators, New Jersey Legislature. Accessed January 21, 2018.
  10. ^ "Assemblyman Parker Space Plays Games While We Work For Poverty Wages". 15nownj.org. 
  11. ^ "EDITORIAL: Parker Space, and the race to the bottom". USA Today. Retrieved 2017-11-10. 
  12. ^ "'Nothing Better Than an Unregistered Gun' Says GOP Assemblyman". Observer. 2015-10-28. Retrieved 2017-11-10. 
  13. ^ "N.J. lawmaker's photo with Confederate flag sparks criticism". NJ.com. Retrieved 2017-11-10. 
  14. ^ "Lawmaker in Confederate flag flap recorded using vulgar term about opponent". NJ.com. Retrieved 2017-11-10. 

External links[edit]

New Jersey General Assembly
Preceded by
Gary R. Chiusano
Member of the New Jersey General Assembly for the 24th District
February 23, 2013 – present
With: Alison Littell McHose, Gail Phoebus
Succeeded by
Incumbent
Political offices
Preceded by
Harold J. Wirths
Sussex County At-large Freeholder
June 2010 – February 23, 2013
Succeeded by
George Graham