Assembly candidate Hal Wirths is claiming a strong start in his LD24 Assembly bid, Save Jerseyans, following a Thursday night event at The Barn at Perona Farms in Andover.
He says the reception hauled in over $50,000.
“I was overwhelmed by the support,” said Wirths in a statement obtained by Save Jersey.
Most of the party inside notables were present, too, including Sussex County Sheriff Mike Strada, Sussex County GOP Chairman Jerry Scanlon, Former Sussex County Chairwoman Ailish Hambel, and current NJGOP State Committeewoman Jill Space, the wife of Wirths’s incumbent running mate, Assemblyman Parker Space.
Heading into the June Primary, Wirths (Chris Christie’s former Labor Department head) and Space are running on a ticket with Steven Oroho, the popular veteran state senator who’s nevertheless attracted criticism as of late for his key role behind last October’s massive gas tax increase and new debt authorization.
The trio says they’ve already lapped the $250,000 mark.
In the other column, Assemblywoman Gail Phoebus is challenging her old running mate, Oroho, and she’s recruited David Scapicchio of Flanders – who has served as a mayor, councilman and Morris County freeholder – for Assembly. Oroho is favored heading into the State Senate fight but party observers expect a blood battle before it’s all done.
NOTE: Save Jersey Blogger-in-Chief Matt Rooney will be in the district this upcoming Wednesday 3/1 to address the Skylands Tea Party (6:45 p.m. @ Hampton Diner in Newton). Click here for more details.