State Dems: Lengthy suspension of Bergen blue laws could become ‘back-door’ for repeal
By Dan Ivers/NJ.com
On November 09, 2012 at 5:50 PM, updated November 09, 2012 at 9:56 PM
Looks like we have some Democratic legislators as readers after all ,as we reported in “Christie and Donovan push Bergen blue-law suspension and say it applies to all stores” ( https://theridgewoodblog.net/christie-and-donovan-push-bergen-blue-law-suspension-and-say-it-applies-to-all-stores/ )
BERGEN COUNTY — A group of Democratic legislators are appealing to Gov. Chris Christie to immediately lift the suspension of Bergen County’s Sunday ‘blue laws’ after this weekend.
Sen. Bob Gordon (D-Fair Lawn) and General Assembly members Connie Wagner (D-Paramus) and Tim Eustace (D-Maywood) released a joint statement this afternoon, saying allowing the laws to go unenforced beyond this Sunday could expose municipalities to legal entanglements and create a general distraction from helping residents recover from Hurricane Sandy.
“As we approach the two-week mark post-Sandy, all of the more immediate threats appear to be behind us,” Eustace said. “It would behoove the Governor to rescind his executive order after this weekend or, at the very least, allow towns to determine what’s best for their own recovery at this point.”
They also insinuated that a prolonged suspension could signal the beginning of the end for the laws, which Christie unsuccessfully lobbied to repeal in 2010.