Anti-Blue Laws Group Seeks Support in Teaneck

Group founded by Westwood woman to collect signatures at Teaneck festival.

A group working to have Bergen County's Blue Laws eliminated through a voter referendum will collect signatures at Teaneck's Memorial Day festival on Cedar Lane. 

, said they have collected 575 signatures as of Sunday, NJ.com reported. It will take 2,500 signatures from registered Bergen County voters to get on the November ballot. 

According to the group's Facebook page, they hope to collect as many as 500 signatures at the Teaneck event. Group volunteers plan to setup outside 446 Cedar Lane. The petition can be downloaded here

The push to repeal Bergen's Sunday shopping restrictions picked up after Gov. Chris Christie temporarily suspended the regulations in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. 

Paramus Mayor Richard LaBarbiera, one the most ardent Blue Laws supporters, has called the argument to repeal the laws "ridiculous."

Teaneck Councilman Elie Y. Katz has called for each town to make its own decision on the Blue Laws.

Voters last considered the laws in 1993. Votes to repeal the laws were defeated 192,394 to 157,648 in 1980 and 185,821 to 105,040 in 1993.



Frank LeRose July 01, 2013 at 10:26 PM
Hey!!! Does anyone out there know if Rosemary was able to get enough signatures on her petition?
Tee Smyth July 02, 2013 at 08:53 AM
I don't know. But, there was another article on Patch where she was actively participating and campaigning in the comments. She was giving out her email. Perhaps you can ask her. If I find the article, I will post the link.
Frank LeRose July 02, 2013 at 08:37 PM
Oh, I have her e-mail. She gave it to me when I wrote to her to warn her of people bad-mouthing her, in an effort to support her. I don't think I will be contacting her again. You know they say no good deed goes unpunished....LOL I was just curious as to the status of the petition.
Tee Smyth July 03, 2013 at 09:46 AM
LOL. Yikes, but why am I not surprised. I don't think she's reached her goal. I do believe she was going to Elmwood Park (or Fairlawn) next to get signatures.
Frank LeRose July 03, 2013 at 10:31 AM
I just read on Facebook that they have about 1800 signatures out of the necessary 2500. But I also read that the deadline was June 30th...AND that they are having an event on July 4th to get more signatures...so I can't say for sure. I have to be honest, while I wouldn't want to live in Paramus without the Blue Laws, I feel the petition should go through for the following reasons: 1) If the majority of the people want the stores open, then they should be open. 2) Only a vote will prove the issue either way, without having to go through another petition every year after year. 3) If they do NOT get enough votes in all this time...I think it pretty much proves the majority opinion...but the proponents of the petition are not likely to let it go without the vote to back it up. Time will tell...


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