Christie and Donovan push Bergen blue-law suspension and say it applies to all stores
November 8, 2012, 1:36 PM
the staff of the Ridgewood blog
Ridgewood NJ, Governor Christie said in a press conference Thursday that his suspension of the Bergen County blue laws applies to all stores, and that Borough of Paramus cannot limit which stores can Be open, or which items may or may not be sold.Christie also reiterated that the suspension order would remain in effect until Bergen County Executive Kathleen Donovan asks him to lift it.
Critics have pointed out that this opened suspension is in effect because both the Governor and the County Exec are looking to eliminate the publicly supported blue laws in an effort to make the “American Dream Mall formerly Jim Mac greevey’s “Xanadu” more appealing to foreign visitors from New York City .
Officials in the borough of Paramus have challenged the Christie Administration and contend the suspension should only apply to storm-related necessities, not all stores, and have warned they will issue summonses to stores that violate their interpretation of the order. The County Executive Kathy Donovan countered that her office it would go to court, if necessary, to block Paramus from interfering with the right of stores to open.
The archaic “blue laws” have heavy voter support and despite several full court presses by the power that be. Voters enjoy one day a leisure without all the traffic in the county .
The Staff of the Ridgewood blog is curious to find out what the Governor Christie has in mind when picking up hurricane supplies at Bloomingdales , Nordstroms or Saks?