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Christie to Reinstate Bergen County Blue Laws

Sunday shopping restrictions set to return to Bergen County following a request by the Bergen County Executive.

Gov. Chris Christie will reinstate Bergen County's Blue Laws, ending a temporary suspension of the restrictions designed to help residents recover from Hurricane Sandy. 

The Blue Laws will be reinstated Sunday at the request of Bergen County Executive Kathleen Donovan, said Sean Conner, a governor's office spokesman. 

"At this time, the unprecedented weather events that impacted the residents of Bergen County so greatly have abated and I am respectfully requesting that you rescind [the executive order], effective immediately, thereby allowing the Bergen County Blue Laws to once again be in full force and effect," Donovan said in a letter to Christie sent Tuesday. 

Donovan had first asked Christie to suspend the retail restrictions, saying residents shouldn't be blocked from buying goods needed to recover from the massive storm. 

Paramus Mayor Richard LaBarbiera backed the Blue Laws, arguing they offered a break from traffic jams and the crush of mall crowds. The borough mounted an unsuccessful court challenge in an effort to enforce the restrictions. 

“I thank the Governor for listening to the will of the people of Paramus and all of Bergen County who spoke loudly in favor of the Blue Laws, which are absolutely essential for protecting our quality of life,” LaBarbiera said in a statement issued in anticipation of Christie's decision. 

Blue Laws, established by the state, have been repealed in every New Jersey county except Bergen. The Sunday shopping restrictions have withstood various repeal referendums dating back decades. 

Jon November 17, 2012 at 10:42 PM
when and if the blue laws are overturned people will be able to shop on sunday until than you can't so why complain about it, its probably a law that should be decided at the town level and not the county level anyway,,so if ridgewood wants its stores open sunday they can be and paramus can stay closed...that would be a benefit to the smaller stores vs the malls as well...
rex merrins November 17, 2012 at 11:23 PM
I HAVE READ ALL THESE COMMENTS YOU ALL TALK YOU WANT THE MALLS CLOSED SUNDAYS FOR PEACE FOR CHURCH. LOOK HOW YOU ALL ARE TALKING ACTING VERY SELFISH EVERYTHING ONLY PERTAINS TO JUST YOU RESIDENTS OF PARAMUS NOBODY ELSE.SO IF SOMEONE NEEDS TO SHOP ONLY ON SUNDAY TELLING THEM SHOP ON LINE MAYBE PEOPLE LIKE TO SEE WHAT THEY ARE BUYING, I DONT LIKE ONLINE SHOPPING. TRAFFIC IS A FACT OF LIFE PARAMUS ITS EVERYWHERE NOT JUST IN BERGEN COUNTY. PARAMUS YOU ALL ARE A BUNCH OF CRY BABIES. GROW UP ITS ALMOST 2013 NOT THE 1960S. AND DONT COMPLAIN ABOUT MALL TRAFFIC THE NEXT FEW WEEKS. AND ONE MORE THING HOW MANY OF YOU FIGHT FOR SPOTS IN GARDEN STATE PLAZA AND YOU SAY YOU WANT PEACE YOU SHOULD BE ASHAMED OF YOURSELVES THINK ABOUT THE TRUE MEANING OF CHRISTMAS FOR ONCE. THE NEXT TIME YOU COMPLAIN ABOUT 4/17 TRAFFIC.
Sally G November 18, 2012 at 02:24 AM
Rex, We in Bergen County have kept a modicum of decorum; we would like to keep it as long as possible, thank you.
Sally G November 18, 2012 at 02:28 AM
It is NOT for church; it is for peace and calm. The true meaning of Christmas has little to do with shopping. It has little to do with the materialism of the malls; it has to do with taking your time to appreciate life, not rush and rush 7 days a week. It is a desire for a perfectly secular calm quality of life.
Mark Ruckhaus November 18, 2012 at 03:01 AM
Sally, Most people who live in suburbia and own cars (which is just about everybody) will not take a bus to a mall. They won't want to be a prisoner of the bus schedule and won't want to drag their merchandise on the bus. And, as most buses wind their way from wherever to, say, Garden State Plaza, why should I take twice or three times as long on the bus than in my car? And, I'd venture to guess that most people won't want to park in a remote lot and take a shuttle, either. Nice thought, but it won't work.
rex merrins November 18, 2012 at 11:11 AM
WE HAVE APPRECIATED LIFE EVER SINCE SUNDAY SHOPPING BEGAN IN NY AND NJ. THERE ARE FAMILIES THAT MAY WORK SIX DAYS A WEEK AND ONLY HAVE SUNDAY TO SHOP. HERE IT GOES AGAIN ITS WHAT YOU WANT SALLY G. THE WAY THE ECONOMY IS RIGHT NOW I AM WORKING TWO JOBS AND LAST SUNDAY IT WAS MY ONLY TIME TO GET TO PARAMUS TO GO TO CERTAIN STORES I LIKE TO GO TO IN GSP AND BTC. IS IT PEACE AND CALM WHEN PEOPLE ARE FIGHTING FOR PARKING SPOTS IN GARDEN STATE PLAZA ON SATURDAYS DURING CHRISTMAS. IF PARAMUS WAS OPEN SUNDAYS THERE WOULD BE PEACE AND CALM ON A SATURDAY AT ALL THE PARAMUS MALLS.
Jon November 18, 2012 at 01:13 PM
get the votes to overturn the blue laws ,or shop the other 6 days of the week,,or,,,,shop online after all it is 2013 not 1960
Chris November 18, 2012 at 02:23 PM
Rex why are you screaming? Sounds like you are going to have a heart attack. Settle down
LindaJean November 18, 2012 at 03:41 PM
I lived in Hasbrouck Heights, NJ for many years. I agree that the Blue Laws are ancient and ridiculous in this day and age! I live in Florida now and with people having such diverse schedules, it is really necessary for them to be able to shop on Sundays for what they want and not what politicians want them to shop for! The Blue Laws in Bergen County, NJ are outdated and people should petition for recission of these ridiculous laws that hamper a person's freedom! Sincerely, Linda J. Hiltbold, North Fort Myers, FL
LindaJean November 18, 2012 at 03:45 PM
With regard to Little Ferry and Moonachie residents and how the Blue Laws recission might help them, they would have another day to work to earn money to repair their homes and restore their possessions, with more income to weather the losses they had in Hurricane Sandy. Linda Hiltbold, North Fort Myers, FL
AML November 18, 2012 at 04:22 PM
I am only dishing out the words back to you that you firstly used in your posts, such as "stupid" and "idiot.". You are the one with no class for posting the words "ha ha ha ha." Obviously, you are not educated enough to realize that a comma should have been placed after the words ha, ha, ha, ha. Oh yes, I have a masters degree, and graduated with honors from an excellent school, so I do not think that I need to take courses to educate myself, as you most certainly do. You also do not know how to read because I never once said that you and others did not have the right to voice opinions. Check all of my posts and please let me know where I said that! You are void of intelligence and perhaps you have had your head stuffed into a bag for way too long!
AML November 18, 2012 at 04:30 PM
Are you saying that I cannot accomplish all of the above? Gee, it must be insulting when one human being can accomplish what another one cannot. What difference does it make what type of job that I have? That is none of your business. But I will let you know that I do not hold a union job/I am not a teacher, or, administrator. Please take some time management courses and maybe you will accomplish what I do.
AML November 18, 2012 at 04:31 PM
Shops and malls came after many people were here!
rex merrins November 18, 2012 at 09:04 PM
CHRIS WHOS SCREAMING ITS STATING THE TRUTH ABOUT PARAMUS AND THE RESIDENTS. I USED TO WORK AT GARDEN STATE PLAZA TWO GUYS WERE IN A FIST FIGHT IN FRONT OF NORDSTROM OVER A PARKING SPOT. OTHERS GIIVING THE FINGER. THATS SUPPOSED TO BE PEACE AND CALM DURING CHRISTMAS WHEN PEOPLE ONLY HAVE SATURDAY TO SHOP I TRULY DO NOT THINK IT WOULD BE BAD IF THE MALLS WERE OPEN SUNDAY. THEY SHOULD HAVE KEPT THE BLUE LAWS SUSPENDED THROUGH THE HOLIDAY SEASON.
RB November 18, 2012 at 09:34 PM
OK LET'S ALL SCREAM AT ONCE!!!!
Mark Ruckhaus November 19, 2012 at 02:42 AM
Rex, What I think Chris means is, why are you writing in all caps? In Internet lingo, that's equivalent to screaming. Bad form, unless you're screaming, of course.
Mark Ruckhaus November 19, 2012 at 02:46 AM
AML, Garden State Plaza opened in '57. I'm sure there are more than a few people around here who predate the mall. But, I'm certain there are a lot more people here who are not only under 55, but who might not have lived around here for all their years. So, while there may be many in the first group, as you said, there are likely far many more who aren't.
Sally G November 19, 2012 at 06:58 AM
Chris, I recently became aware that some folks with bad eyesight use all caps; it is not necessarily screaming, it can be a matter of ease of reading. I did not comment on Rex’s use of caps earlier because I was unsure of his reason for using caps.
Chris November 19, 2012 at 02:29 PM
Thanks Mark... Exactly what I meant...
Davie November 19, 2012 at 07:49 PM
Shop in Rockland County On Sundays their shopping centers are cleaner and safer.
jp1 November 19, 2012 at 08:47 PM
Since when?
GlenRocking November 20, 2012 at 01:14 AM
Blue Eyed Girl UH I mean REX, (split personality anyone?) Sit back relax and remember to take your meds. You are seriously DERANGED..You do know Bergen Pines is open on Sunday's maybe you should check it out. You can not be married, if you are I feel bad for your spouse. Blue Laws will stay whether YOU like it or not along with the Teaneck poster....you keep talking rubbish. Oh and Teaneck you asked me up above about your religion....You can see very well from your comments you are Jewish and do not shop on Saturday's. It's not my fault nor is it the resident(s) of Bergen County's fault that you can not shop on The one day that you can shop~ If I want to shop on Sunday or NEED to shop on Sunday I go out of Bergen County which all the whiners can do too. For all those up above saying Saturday traffic will be lighter if the mall's are open on Sunday's are you CRAZY??? The weekdays are bad enough, Saturdays are ridiculous try to get from Teaneck to the GSP on a Saturday at about 4ish...you spend over 45 min in traffic when you live less than 5 miles from the mall. It would be the same on Sunday's and whoever say's different is delusional. Why can't the naysayers get it thru their thick skulls. Blue Laws are here to stay, whether it come on a ballot or not you will lose, then it's about time for you to move, like most said above NO ONE made you move to Bergen County.
Chris November 20, 2012 at 02:18 AM
Thanks Sally G. I had never thought of that! It just seemed to me that Rex was getting far too upset about this issue. Was getting worried... Kind of...
Blue eye woman November 20, 2012 at 07:56 AM
GlenRocking. Go back to your Legos we adults do not need you or YOUR whining here. You think you are perfect look in the mirror...oh sorry! You cracked all the ones you had lol lol
Blue eye woman November 20, 2012 at 08:03 AM
I am not calling anyone stupid here just people in general so not aiming at ANYONE! If the Blue laws are here to stay so be it who cares anymore. I decided to spend my money elsewhere and maybe the low taxes in Paramius will increase then WE can get our satisfaction just sayin :)
GlenRocking November 20, 2012 at 11:15 AM
Blue Eyed Girl UH I mean REX, (split personality anyone?) Sit back relax and remember to take your meds. You are seriously DERANGED..You do know Bergen Pines is open on Sunday's maybe you should check it out. I would LOVE to meet you in public, so I could laugh in your face. What do you do? How many kids do you have, You can not be married, if you are I feel bad for your spouse. Blue Laws will stay whether YOU like it or not along with the Teaneck poster....you keep talking rubbish. Oh and Teaneck you asked me up above about your religion..You can see very well from your comments you are Jewish and do not shop on Saturday's. It's not my fault nor is it the resident(s) of Bergen County's fault that you can not shop on The one day that you can shop~ If I want to shop on Sunday or NEED to shop on Sunday I go out of Bergen County which all the whiners can do too. For all those up above saying Saturday traffic will be lighter if the mall's are open on Sunday's are you CRAZY??? The weekdays are bad enough, Saturdays are ridiculous try to get from Teaneck to the GSP on a Saturday at about 4ish...you spend over 45 min in traffic when you live less than 5 miles from the mall. It would be the same on Sunday's and whoever say's different is delusional. Why can't the naysayers get it thru their thick skulls. Blue Laws are here to stay, whether it come on a ballot or not you will lose, then it's about time for you to move, like most said above NO ONE made you move to Bergen County.
Celeste Iapichino November 20, 2012 at 01:33 PM
The malls keep taxes low but does that mean the rest of us have to be inconvenienced on Sunday? It's a nice change of pace to actually spend some family time not shopping! The world is the crappy place it is because there are no family times to just sit and chill and enjoy your family. Shopping isn't a necessity.
Celeste Iapichino November 20, 2012 at 01:36 PM
I agree with you Sally G! No need to have stores open on Sunday. There are plenty of hours to shop and it gives my daughter an opportunity to catch up on homework from during the week when she goes to school and works almost every day after or before her college classes. Think for a minute about those employees who need a day to spend with family. Retail employers are the least family friendly in the business world. Most retail managers are single moms with kids. Let's give them the opportunity to spend a day with their family.
Celeste Iapichino November 20, 2012 at 01:39 PM
Kim, Think about the kids who work retail and the mom's that work retail. They need time with their families. The cost to be open an extra day won't bring in the profits you expect to recoup from the storm. The storm is just an easy way for you to try and push for the removal of blue laws. KEEP THE DAY FOR FAMILY TIME. SO happy the mayor stands by his blue laws. Its not just Paramus. It is all of Bergen County.
Celeste Iapichino November 20, 2012 at 01:42 PM
Amen Sally! Family's first!

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