Ogdensburg Candidate Debate Proves Harold Wirths is Out of Touch

The Ogdensburg Candidates Forum Tuesday evening positioned the candidates in this year’s State Assembly race.  It was a fine display of incumbent Assemblyman Parker Space who had nothing to say about the real issues beyond his desire to lower taxes by bankrupting New Jersey’s schools, questionable temperament on the part of Harold Wirths, and an egregious display of dynastic entitlement to their seats in the legislature.

Who is Harold Wirths anyway?  A former Sussex County Freeholder, he was an early supporter of Christie in his first primary, a political score for Wirths. For his loyalty, he was appointed by Christie to Labor Commissioner (after he was proclaimed unqualified for the Department of Agriculture) for a 6 year term, and then “promoted” to the Parole Board with no experience in law enforcement whatsoever.

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Wirths has made over one million dollars off the backs of taxpayers as a career politician - but when confronted with this fact he said, “I don’t know what my pay was, maybe somewhere close to a million, I don’t know”.  He went on to claim he hadn’t even sought the positions he was appointed for by Christie.  During his time as freeholder, this “tax saving” politician actually raised taxes by 26.2 % or 14 Million dollars.

Towards the end of the forum, Mr. Wirths lost his temper and began yelling at the audience about how opposed to legal Marijuana he is.  It’s concerning that he refuses to acknowledge any of the real issues that we are facing, like the highest number of residents leaving our district in decades, the highest foreclosure rate in the state, boarded up main streets and decreasing home values.  He stated his issues loud and clear.  None of them had anything to do with bringing jobs back.  In fact at one point he denied that there were actually any problems in our area at all.

The truth is, Harold Wirths is out of touch with working people and will vote with the minority in Trenton just like incumbent Assemblyman Parker Space - who in the past year had a mere 6% of his bills actually pass.  His vote won’t matter, your voice won’t be heard and our area will continue to be a neglected part of the state.

We need issues-oriented leaders who are going to work with- not against - the majority in the legislature.   We’ve got a lot of work to do to improve our economy.  Vote for leaders who care about your lives, and are ready to face the real issues head on.  A vote for Gina and I is a vote for the people, by the people, no special interest money, no question as to why we are running for office.  We want to see this area thrive, not for our own personal gain, but for your working family.


Kate Matteson

Candidate for State Assembly