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Should Towns Decide on Blue Laws?

What if Bergen County towns could opt out of Sunday shopping restrictions?

Should Towns Decide on Blue Laws?

Bergen County towns should be able to opt in or out of the county's Sunday shopping restrictions known as Blue Laws, Teaneck Councilman Elie Y. Katz wrote in an op-ed published Monday.

"There have not till now been enough politicians with the political will power to take on this sacred cow because the supporters of removing Blue Laws are a silent majority while those who are against any changes to the rules are a very vocal minority. If state politicians do change or alter the rules, they should allow each municipality to dictate their own situation and opt in or out on an individual basis," Katz wrote. 

Meanwhile, Westwood resident Rosemary Shashoua has started an effort called "Modernize Bergen County" to repeal the Blue Laws. 

Blue Laws supporters, including Paramus Mayor Richard LaBarbiera, are fighting to keep the blue laws. He called the argument to repeal the laws "ridiculous."

What do you think? Should individual towns decide on Blue Laws? Why or why not? 

Related: 

  • Op-Ed: Towns Should Dictate Blue Laws
  • Paramus Mayor Calls Blue Laws Repeal Argument 'Ridiculous'

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