Assemblyman Parker Space and Assembly candidate Gail Phoebus, both owners of small businesses in Sussex County, were pleased today to accept the endorsement of the largest political organization representing business owners in New Jersey. The two conservative candidates are running in New Jersey’s 24th Legislative District, which encompasses all of Sussex County and parts of Warren and Morris Counties.
The New Jersey Organization for a Better State (NEW JOBS), the political arm of the New Jersey Business and Industry Association (NJBIA), endorsed the candidacies of Space and Phoebus.
“In these difficult economic times, it has never been more important to elect and retain pro-business candidates and legislators who understand the needs of business,” said Stefanie Riehl, Executive Director of NEW JOBS.
“Our endorsements are not based on party affiliation,” Riehl added, “but rather, the willingness of each candidate to lower the cost of doing business, strengthen the business climate, and create jobs in our great State. We thank Parker Space and Gail Phoebus for their hard work and their commitment to the economic viability of our State.”
Assemblyman Space welcomed the support of NEW JOBS.
“This endorsement is proof positive of my pro-business/pro-jobs voting record. As a member of the Assembly Labor Committee I have defended small business and free enterprise in New Jersey,” said Space. “I voted against tax increases on small businesses last year, and during my first term saw my legislation enacted to make reforms to the Unemployment Trust Fund to save money for both employers and employees.
“We need fewer regulations on businesses in order to keep them here and to entice others to move to New Jersey,” Space added. “Our State is too over-regulated. I have proposed legislation to fast track permits; remove barriers to economic growth in the Highlands; to prohibit new regulations on manufacturing facilities for 10 years; and to permanently prohibit COAH fees on new businesses.”
Freeholder Gail Phoebus, who is Space’s running mate for Assembly, was delighted to receive the endorsement noting what an extraordinary event it is.
“NEW JOBS rarely endorses non-incumbents in primaries,” stated Phoebus. “They were impresses by my business acumen, my record as a county and local official, and my grasp of the issues we face in Trenton. They know I will stand up and fight the anti-growth agenda of the Democrat majority in the Legislature.”
“I promise to hit the ground running, working with Parker and Senator Steve Oroho, and small business owners from around the State, to make New Jersey more competitive in terms of job creation and economic growth and to stop the liberal Democrats war on free enterprise.
Chris Russell, campaign manager for the Space-Phoebus team, noted that his candidates are very different from their opponent Marie Bilik.
“Parker and Gail live and breathe small business issues on a daily basis, both with their own family-owned businesses here in Northwest New Jersey and in their duties as elected officials,” said Russell. “They face the same ups and downs; the same struggles from any economic downturn that almost every resident here has to face.”
“Marie Bilik has worked in a recession-proof job lobbying the government in both Trenton and Washington DC for over twenty years,” stated Russell. “You can’t appreciate what the average person is going through here when you are not living and working here.”
Parker Space and Gail Phoebus were already endorsed by the New Jersey Outdoor Alliance and New Jersey Right to Life State PAC. They will be announcing more endorsements from conservative activists and organizations representing the “Reagan Coalition.”
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