SPARTA, NJ – People arriving at Perona Farms for the Sussex County Association of Realtors annual meeting on Wednesday were greeted by picketers.  It was the forum for new leadership to be appointed and Realtor of the Year to be announced.

Democratic Congressional Candidate Josh Gottheimer was also scheduled to speak.   The picketers were there for him.

According to an attendee, about a “half dozen people with handmade signs” were protesting the District 5 candidate Gottheimer. 

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In her opening remarks SCAR President Pamela Willard did say “Garrett was invited to attend but his office called this morning and declined the invitation.  I am sorry they are upset.” 

Gottheimer has received the endorsement of the National Association of Realtors. He was introduced to the 75 people gathered in the Gold Room by National Association of Realtors Government Affairs Political Representative Karl Eckhart. He explained he was there from Washington DC to discuss issues that pertained to realtors.  "I' sure you have opinions about other issues but I don't want to hear them," Eckhart said, getting some laughs from the group.

“I want to get all the tools necessary to have our voice heard in congress,” Gottheimer said.  Gottheimer too, came to the event to address issues that affect realtors, including “lowering taxes and making it less cumbersome to run a business in New Jersey.”

After his talk he took a few questions. He concluded his remarks saying “let’s find a way to treat each other with more respect.”

Dan Corrigan of the Sparta Re/Max office was named Realtor of the Year. Corrigan was recognized for his extensive service to his community and “positive attitude about life,” said  Alison Callow, 2015 Realtor of the Year in her introduction.  She said he has a “winning personality and a willingness to take charge…always making time to help others.”

Corrigan’s service began early on when he was a Captain in the 82 Airborne Special Forces- Green Berets, having received the Presidential Unit Citation Expeditionary Medal.

He has dedicated much of his time to supporting the children of Sparta.  He was a founding member and past President of the Sparta Education Foundation.  He brought the Honeywell Instant Alert system to the Sparta school district.  He owns his own plane and gives rides and educates challenged children through a group called Sky Kids.  Additionally, he serves on the board of the Joe Gibbs Youth of Tomorrow foundation. 

He has been an active member of the Moose Lodge, Knights of Columbus and 200 Club. 

Corrigan was CEO of Cactus Advertising, is an active member of a local BNI group and has his real estate license in three states. 

Thanking the group for the award, Corrigan said, “It’s about filling the needs of the buyers, not just selling homes.”

“What makes him really special is that it is rare to hear him complain,” Callow said.