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Suspension of Blue Laws Let Residents Shop in Bergen County Sunday

11-12-12

It was an unusual sight to see the parking lots filling up on Route 17 and stores filling with customers Sunday. Bergen County’s Blue Laws have banned most Sunday shopping for half a century. But County Executive Kathleen Donovan insisted storm-battered residents needed to restock close to home and she convinced the governor to suspend the Blue Laws for now. That also meant a busy Sunday in many Bergen County villages.

“Didn’t expect to shop, but it was nice that the shops were open,” said Glen Rock resident Maureen Brogan.

“I would say it’s a nice treat for today, however, I would not recommend it going forward for Bergen County,” said Jackie Levenson of Mahwah.

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“It’s nice to have that one day of not so much traffic because it’s very, very hectic here with the traffic during the week,” said Paramus resident Danielle Rivera.

Store owner Tina Satea said, “I understand the traffic, I understand the malls. But at the same time, as a small business owner, it makes a huge difference.”

Paramus officials tried and failed to block sales of non-essential items and they’re demanding an immediate return to the way things were.


  • Rob Maloney

    No, it should only be temporary. The residents of Paramus have repeatedly voted down any repeal. It seems we should defer to what the locals want. Elsewehere in Bergen, anyway, the blue laws have been eased It seems to that the ones who most want to Sunday openings are business interests. If you don’t like the blue laws and want to open on a Sunday, move elsewhere.

    It is a nuisance having to drive farther to go shopping, but generally, this is not essential shopping like food or medicine.