SUSSEX COUNTY – Assemblyman Parker Space and Assembly candidate Gail Phoebus, both owners of small businesses in Sussex County, were pleased today to accept the endorsements of three of the largest political organizations 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 National Federation of Independent Business of New Jersey Save America’s Free Enterprise Trust (NFIB SAFE Trust); the New Jersey Organization for a Better State (NEW JOBS), the political arm of the New Jersey Business and Industry Association (NJBIA); and the Private Enterprise Political Action Committee (PENPAC) of the Commerce and Industry Association of New Jersey (CIANJ), all endorsed Space and Phoebus.
“Supporting Parker Space and Gail Phoebus is not only critical to small-business owners in the 24th District, but also to protecting free enterprise across the state,” said Laurie Ehlbeck, NFIB State Director. “It’s one thing to talk about small business. It’s another thing to actually own a small business and make the tough votes matter to small businesses. That is why we support Parker and Gail.”
“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.”
In announcing PENPAC’s endorsement of Space and Phoebus, John Galandak, President of the Commerce and Industry Association and a resident of Sussex County, said “As New Jersey rebuilds its economy, it is important to elect officials who will not burden our businesses with new taxes and unnecessary regulations, and who will assist employers in the creation of private sector jobs. It is through lower taxes and the creation of private sector jobs that New Jersey’s economy will grow and prosper.”
Space and Phoebus welcomed the support of their fellow small-business owners for their Assembly race.
“These endorsements are 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. “Since being in office, I have voted against tax increases on small businesses, 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.”
“Parker and I are proud of our ‘triple crown’ endorsements and it was really special to me as a non-incumbent” said Phoebus. “The organizations and their members were impressed 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.”
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