NEW JERSEY – Senator Steve Oroho recently announced his intention to seek reelection to the New Jersey State Senate, but circumstances have changed and he made a decision that he will not be a candidate for re-election.
“I am comfortable that I am making the right decision for my family and me,” Oroho said.
“It is hard for me to believe that I am now in my 16th year in the New Jersey Legislature, an honor I never anticipated, and my 22nd year in elected office. It is truly humbling,” Oroho said.
“I am also very much aware that when I first ran for the state Senate, if successful, I expected that I would serve no more than ten years, mainly because I believed in some sort of term limits. Having now served in different legislative roles, I have come to appreciate and understand that the opportunities and strategic knowledge that comes with legislative experience is very valuable,” Oroho said.
“I am also fully aware that no one elected official is indispensable, and many talented individuals are ready to take up the mantle when given the opportunity,” Oroho said.
“As I’ve been reflecting on my life with the recent passing of the new year, our family celebrating the birth of our 10th grandchild, and time praying and contemplating while recovering from a recent illness, I’ve come to the conclusion that I will not to be a candidate for re-election this year. I have made my decision for a number of personal reasons that I will mainly keep private. It was a difficult decision, however, one particular thought that kept gnawing at me was the commitment of completing a four-year term. If I cannot readily commit to completing the whole term, it’s not fair to the voters and inappropriate for me to run,” Oroho said.
“It’s time for me to be a more attentive Pop Pop,” Oroho said.
“I am very proud of my service in the State Legislature, and what I have worked to accomplish. Although admittedly frustrated at being in the minority, I felt I was still able to work collaboratively to affect positive outcomes for my constituents and state residents alike. There are many issues I wish I could have pushed further along, but I’ll leave knowing I was persistent and always tried my best,” Oroho said.
“I pledge that I will continue to work incessantly to try to achieve a Republican majority in the State Legislature. If we are ultimately successful, that will be an accomplishment for me to cherish. If we come up short, then it will naturally be time for someone else to take up the task,” Oroho said.
“I look forward to working as hard as I usually do for the remainder of my term. I value the work we perform in the joint district office that I share with Assemblymen Parker Space and Hal Wirths, and I will always be grateful to the extraordinarily talented staff that I’ve had the pleasure to work with in the District 24 Legislative Office as well as the Senate Republican Office. I know we have touched many lives,” Oroho said.
“I pray for God to bless you all, our State and our Country,” Oroho said.
“I am sorry to learn that Steve has decided against running for re-election, but I respect his decision as I know it must not have been an easy one,” said Assemblyman Space. “Steve has enormous respect in Trenton and throughout District 24, and especially our home county of Sussex. He leaves very big shoes to fill,” Assemblyman Parker Space said. “After considering the impact of the combined departure of Steve, Hal and myself, I’m troubled that the district will be left with no continuity of service so I am declaring myself a candidate for the open Senate seat for District 24,” said Assemblyman Space. “I know the tremendous service that our joint district office provides to the residents of the district and I think it’s very important for that to continue.”
“I very much look forward to the campaign ahead and continuing to fight for the residents of Sussex, Morris and Warren Counties in District 24 as well as property taxpayers throughout New Jersey,” continued Assemblyman Space. “Governor Murphy and Trenton Democrats have pursued a very progressive agenda that has made life more expensive for New Jerseyans, trampled on the rights of parents to make the best educational decisions for their children, usurped the constitutional rights of Second Amendment supporters, passed extreme abortion measures that allow for abortion up until birth and slammed businesses with their excessive lockdowns which I especially relate to as a small business owner myself. State residents deserve much better and I’m going to work hard to demonstrate to the voters how putting Republicans in charge in Trenton will be a real difference maker,” Space siad.
“I have appreciated the support of the voters from throughout the district in my past campaigns and hope I can continue to earn their trust and support in the upcoming election,” declared Assemblyman Space. “No doubt, Steve’s news today is a sad day for our district and our Republican Party, but I pledge to bring the same spirit of service to the Senate seat that Steve brought so well throughout his tenure in the state Senate,” Space said.