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Gottheimer celebrates Sussex County Senior of the Year, local leader Linda Smith at New Jersey State Fair

SUSSEX COUNTY, NJ — U.S. Congressman Josh Gottheimer (NJ-5) Thursday celebrated Senior Day at the New Jersey State Fair Sussex County Farm and Horse Show, held at the Sussex County Fairgrounds. Gottheimer presented a flag and congressional certificate to Sussex County’s “Senior Citizen of the Year,” Linda Smith, who is community leader in Sussex.

Gottheimer greeted and thanked veterans and active duty service members, visited with the Sussex County Beekeepers Association; toured the 4-H farm animal exhibit; had lunch with constituents at Boy Scout Troop 180, visited the Quilts of Valor exhibit; and visited with robots. Gottheimer spoke with local seniors, residents, and students at booths throughout the Sussex County Fairgrounds.

Gottheimer was joined by Sussex County Commissioners Sylvia Petillo and Anthony Fasano, NJ State Senator Steve Oroho, and NJ Assemblyman Hal Wirths.

Gottheimer highlighted Linda Smith’s dedicated work at ShopRite and her care and generosity as both a mother and a foster mother. Following her retirement, Smith has spent a large portion of her time leading the Hopatcong Senior Inc. Club, where she’s been a member since 2005. As Trips Committee Chair, Vice President, and President, Linda has greatly improved and expanded the Hopatcong Senior Club through her leadership and kindness. Linda is also always helping seniors and friends in need: she provides rides to seniors who need to get to medical appointments, meetings, and events and she volunteers with the Hopatcong Ambulance Squad.

“There is no greater responsibility than that we owe to those who have given so much to us. Sussex County seniors and volunteers make invaluable contributions to our North Jersey community, and I’m proud to be able to take today to celebrate with them and honor Linda Smith in particular. Through her leadership and kindness, Linda Smith exemplifies Sussex County at its finest,” Gottheimer said. “The Sussex County Fair is one of my favorite New Jersey traditions and I’m glad to be able to visit with so many Fifth District residents and seniors here today.”

Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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