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Blue Laws Repeal 'Inevitable,' Retail Group Says

The president of the New Jersey Retail Merchants Association said he expects Bergen voters will repeal the county's "blue laws."

The leader of a retail group expects Bergen County will get rid of its "blue laws" prohibiting the sale of certain items on Sundays, according to a report on NJ.com.

John Holub, the president of the New Jersey Retail Merchants Association, said he believes there is more support to repeal the blue laws now than there was the last time voters considered the issue in 1993, according to the report.

"It's not a matter of if they'll repeal, it's just a matter of when," Holub stated in the report. "We are light-years away in public sentiment than we were 20 years ago."

The blue laws have been debated around the county since Gov. Chris Christie temporarily suspended the laws after Hurricane Sandy. Westwood resident Rosemary Shashoua is the leader of a new group called "Modernize Bergen County," which seeks to repeal the blue laws via a voter referendum.

"All I want is more revenue for the state and more jobs," Shashoua previously said.

Holub also said he believed state legislation could be used to eliminate the blue laws, according to the NJ.com report.

Others, like Paramus Mayor Richard LaBarbiera, are fighting to keep the blue laws. He recently called the argument to repeal the laws "ridiculous."

"Don't worry about Paramus and we won't worry about what you do in your town," LaBarbiera said at a council meeting last month.

Mitch Horn, a Hackensack resident who is also involved with Modernize Bergen County, said he wanted to "change the story so that it's not really about the people of Paramus, but about the other 900,000 people who live in Bergen," according to the NJ.com report.

The blue laws have been challenged twice: once in 1980 and again in 1993. The plans to repeal the laws were defeated 192,394 to 157,648 in 1980 and 185,821 to 105,040 in 1993.

Do you think Bergen Blue Law repeal is "inevitable"? Sound off in the comments below.

Mary February 05, 2013 at 01:04 PM
if the people of Paramus & Bergen County want to maintain a certain quality of life by having the blue laws then so be it !!
Brian February 05, 2013 at 03:48 PM
yup and no one disagrees that if a majority supports the laws they stay. Lets just see what the people really think in 2013. The poll question should be worded to make it an issue for each municipality to decide independently. Once the county ban is lifted then within each municipality residents can decide whether or not to allow stores to open and for what hours.
OHW February 06, 2013 at 07:35 PM
First trick of PR. State that something you want to happen is "inevitable" when it's not at all clear that it is. Only in his dreams...

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