Above: Congressman Josh Gottheimer with Vernon Mayor Howard Burrell.

WYCKOFF, N.J. — Today, July, 1, 2022, Mayor Howard Burrell of Vernon Township in Sussex County endorsed Josh Gottheimer for Congress.

“We are truly lucky to have a congressional representative who pays so much attention to Vernon Township. Congressman Gottheimer has always been here for our residents and small businesses whenever we have needed him,” said Vernon Township Mayor Howard Burrell. “Thanks to the tireless work of Congressman Gottheimer, he has made Vernon Township and Sussex County an even greater place to live — from fighting against illegal dumping in our community, to promoting ecotourism, clawing back federal investments from Washington for our schools, broadband connectivity, and small businesses, especially when they needed it most during the pandemic. I love his bipartisan approach to governing, working with both sides to solve problems — always putting country first. Josh is a champion of law enforcement, lower taxes, and veterans like me. I’m also honored to serve on his Fifth Congressional District Service Academy Nomination Selection Committee.”

“I am honored to have the support of Vernon Township Mayor and veteran Howard Burrell. Mayor Burrell is an incredible advocate for the Vernon families he represents. Working across the aisle, he always puts his residents and our country first, above any partisan politics. I’ve been proud to partner with Mayor Burrell to make life more affordable for Sussex County residents, fight against the illegal dumping taking place at the Vernon Waste Mountain, improve access to fast, reliable, and affordable internet, and ensure the voices of our residents are heard across New Jersey and in Washington, D.C.,” said Congressman Josh Gottheimer (NJ-5).

Gottheimer and Burrell have worked together on a host of issues, including investing in veterans and law enforcement, improving access to fast, reliable, and affordable broadband connectivity for Vernon residents, standing up against the illegal dumping taking place at the Vernon Waste Mountain, keeping our drinking water clean, and clawing federal dollars back from Washington to help lower property tax bills.  

Gottheimer’s efforts in helping combat the illegal dumping taking place at the Vernon Waste Mountain included corresponding with the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJ DEP) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to call for environmental testing, inspecting incoming trucks to ensure no dumping of hazardous materials, and analyzing runoff. Gottheimer also worked closely with local officials and community groups to sound the alarm on the illicit dumping taking place at the site.

Recently, Gottheimer helped claw back nearly $50,000 in federal investment for Vernon Township School District broadband services, and during the pandemic he helped Vernon businesses claw back more than 100,000 Paycheck Protection Program (PPE) loans and nearly $700,000 in federal Small Business Administration (SBA) loans.

Mayor Burrell, an Air Force veteran, has served on Gottheimer’s New Jersey Fifth Congressional District Service Academy Nomination Selection Committee.

Since being sworn in, Gottheimer has worked across party lines to get things done for Fifth District residents. In New Jersey, Gottheimer has worked with Democrat, Independent, and Republican mayors across Bergen, Passaic, Sussex, and Warren Counties to fight for the residents they represent, including by clawing back the tax dollars residents already sent to Washington. In Congress, Gottheimer was named the most bipartisan House Democrat by the nonpartisan Lugar Center, and serves as the Co-Chair of the Problem Solvers Caucus, a group of 29 Democrats and 29 Republicans who come together to solve some of the most pressing issues facing our nation.