Business leaders talk about their favorite safe winter activities

Vernon. Congressman and business leaders see an opportunity to boost an economy damaged by Covid by promoting Sussex County as a beautiful and safe respite.

| 14 Dec 2020 | 05:10

As New Jersey heads into a tough winter, U.S. Congressman Josh Gottheimer (NJ-5) wants all potential tourists to know about the natural beauty, family activities, and just plain respite from Covid they’ll find in Sussex County — which is looking for its own relief, regarding its economy.

“We are continuing to face major battles with the pandemic, with hospitalizations and infections at all-time highs,” said Gottheimer on a Dec. 4 Zoom call with members of the Sussex County Chamber of Commerce and small business leaders.

Nearly a third of New Jersey’s small businesses that were open at the beginning of 2020 have now closed, he said.

Gottheimer (NJ-5) joined local leaders to highlight safe and socially distant winter family activities and tourism in Sussex and Warren counties during the pandemic. Joe Hession, CEO of Mountain Creek Resorts, and Chris Mulvihill, CMO of Crystal Springs Resort, were among those who talked the during a Zoom call about popular winter activities that are both safe and available locally. To hear their recommendations, visit

“COVID-19 is continuing to impact our local economy, our families, and our workforce, which is why it’s critical to highlight the safe opportunities that the Fifth District has to offer,” Gottheimer said. “I’m always honored to be able to represent one of the most beautiful areas of the state, and of our entire country, and I know eco-tourism can be a driving economic force for us,” he said. “We should be working on attracting more of our fellow Garden State residents to safely visit Sussex and Warren Counties, to come hike, fish, ski, shop, and visit our beautiful downtowns.”

Gottheimer was joined on the call by:
Assemblyman Parker Space (LD 24)
Tammie Horsfield, president of the Sussex County Chamber of Commerce & President of NJ Sussex Skylands
Melanie Thiel, executive director of the Washington Borough Business Improvement District & Warren County Economic Development Committee member
Laurie Rapisardi, executive director of the Hackettstown Business Improvement District
Evie Tilney, Blairstown Enhancement Committee Membership director
Paul Ritter, owner of Brook Hollow Winery
Kathi Homenick, owner of Me to You Consignment & Boutique
Joe Hession, CEO of Mountain Creek Resorts
Chris Mulvihill, CMO of Crystal Springs Resort
Michelle Abate, director of marketing of Crystal Springs Resort
Eric Flora, owner of Sage Books and Tutoring in Blairstown