Bergen County Blue Laws

7 07 2008
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We have had so called “Blue Laws” in the United Stats for hundreds of years. They were mainly designed to encourage more church attendance on Sunday mornings by prohibiting operation of businesses on Sundays. Well there were a lot of laws on the books two hundred years ago that were inappropriate or what we would now term as “politically incorrect”. Civil rights in the 1960’s eliminated many of these unfortunate and absurd laws. But one of these blue laws lives on and is going strong. The Bergen County Blue Laws that were started probably in the 1960s.

So Bergen County has blue laws to ease the traffic on Route 17 and Route 4 for one day a week. But I think That’s an Absurd Law. I find myself going to New York State to go shopping on Sundays when I am too busy with work on Saturday to go. And Paramus wants to collect huge taxes from operating the malls and then cut off the shoppers for 50 towns in every direction so they can have a little less congestion on one afternoon? Forget about it, sooner or later one of the giant retailers will have a law firm do personal investigations on all the board members in Paramus who vote in the blue laws and they will “somehow” get the law repealed.

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7 07 2008
Absurd » Bergen County Blue Laws

[…] Bergen County Blue Laws bergen county nj We have had so called “Blue Laws” in the United Stats for hundreds of years. They were mainly designed to encourage more church attendance on Sunday mornings by prohibiting operation of businesses on Sundays. Well there were a lot of laws on the books two hundred years ago that were inappropriate or what we would now term as “politically incorrect”. Civil rights in the 1960’s eliminated many of these unfortunate and absurd laws. But one of these blue laws lives on and is going […]

4 08 2008
Digby Forrester

I think the blue law is good. First, it gives people in the local community some peaceful time with no traffic. Then it gives store retail type employees a day off. Otherwise those poor b… have to work Sat and Sun.

26 02 2009
John Sanchos

I think the blue laws should be ABOLISHED!!!!! Why keep the stores closed, when..we are going through this ecominic crisis, plus-the stores can deal with getting a little more money in their pockets.

WHY NOT??

I live in River Edge, and I am tired of not being able to go out on Sundays, I mean…I know there will be more traffic, but then stores can stay open for just a few hours. People need to calm down, whats wrong with 3 hours more of shopping?

18 05 2009
elizabeth berry

I always wondered if store rents were cheaper in Bergen Co. due to losing thousands of dollars a week in revenue being closed on Sunday?

As for getting a “rest” on Sunday – there are tons of people who would LIKE to work on Sunday! What’s the difference, if it’s your job you work the days you are needed whether it be Wednesday or Sunday. The whole world does it.

And why is Borders open but Barnes & Noble isn’t? Why can I buy paint but not a lamp? It’s just random and really stupid.

21 05 2009
cdjunior

I’ve had shift work jobs where we made time and a half for weekends and holidays. Thanks for the post Elizabeth. Everyone… tune into WFMU Radio !!!

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