Judge Rules In Favor of Blue Law Suspension

Paramus Mayor Richard LaBarbiera states that although he and borough residents disagree with the ruling the borough will abide it and hopes this will be the final weekend for Blue Law suspension.

A Bergen County Superior Court Judge ruled in favor of suspending Blue Laws —meaning Paramus stores will be open Sunday —despite the mayor's efforts to protect the law, claiming it favors the quality of life of borough residents.

Mayor Richard LaBarbiera stated Friday that "although the residents of Paramus and I strongly disagree with this ruling we will of course abide it."

"The County Executive says that this will be the last Sunday without the Blue Laws and I intend to hold her to that," said LaBarbiera in a statement.  "The Blue Laws are absolutely essential to keeping Paramus livable and I will never stop fighting to make sure they are always here to protect our quality of life. I thank the many Paramus residents who expressed their support for this fight and their fierce determination to protect our community, which I share."

State legislators Sen. Bob Gordon and Assembly persons Timothy Eustace and Connie Wagner said Friday they have called on the Governor to put an end to the Blue Law suspension after this weekend.

Wagner, who is a resident of Paramus, stated it would be in the best interest of residents to rescind the suspension order after this weekend "in order to help resotre a sense of peace and normalcy to our towns that have been battered by Sandy."

Wagner also argued continuing to suspend the Blue Laws will distract local officials with legal entanglements "that we would be much better off avoiding at this point so we can concentrate on more pressing matters.”

Last week Governor Chris Christie issued an order to suspend Bergen County's Blue Laws so residents impacted by Hurricane Sandy could purchase repair and survival items. The move was supported by County Executive Kathleen Donovan who vowed to take the borough of Paramus to court in order to keep local officials from limiting what stores could open.

Paramus, which has some of the state's largest malls, has the strictest Blue Laws in the county, designed to protect quality of life in the borough by restricting shopping on Sundays. 

Earlier this week, Westfield Garden State Plaza posted on its Facebook page that it will be open on Sunday, 11am to 6pm. The  Bergen Town Center Paramus Park and Shops at Riverside will also be open on Sunday as well.

Mark Ruckhaus November 12, 2012 at 03:09 AM
Most people have always worked during the week. This is nothing new. And their Saturdays are not constantly filled with running errands; they do have some down time. And, all these people who work during the week have evenings to go shopping. And they're not constantly going shopping anyway. It's a once in a while thing. And, when it comes to food shopping, the stores are already open on Sunday. Are you saying that people have no idea how to budget their time? Are you also saying that Sunday shopping will miraculously bring a place like Hackensack back to life? What are you saying?
TomW November 12, 2012 at 03:20 AM
I had no power last Sunday so I did not venture out on the roads. But I did explore the area and went food shopping today. The roads were more congested, not as bad as it is on Saturday but more congested and took me longer to get to where I needed to go. Keep the blue laws. It was nicer on Sundays before the suspension. Go to the neighboring towns that have shopping.
josh November 12, 2012 at 03:34 AM
Everyone keeps saying that paramus is forcing everyone to have blue laws and that is not true. The county keeps voting to keep it. The county, not just paramus. The residents get to decide, not the businesses. Have another vote if you want. Have one each year if you want. You will not win. The majority of us just don't want it. You are going to have to go to hudson and passaic county. Secaucus has plenty of shopping too. Sorry.
The people November 12, 2012 at 03:36 AM
Mark Ruckhaus needs to calm down & listen to what others are saying. I think voting is an excellent idea, it would be fair and just for all communities. Unless you are afraid that the majority of ppl want Sundays open? Let the people decide.
Mark Ruckhaus November 12, 2012 at 11:07 PM
How do you assume that I'm not calm? Because I might disagree with you? And not all of the others are saying the same thing. There are plenty of people here who aren't in favor of rescinding the Blue Laws. So, don't be such a jackass. And voting? It's been voted down twice already (1980 & '93). But, let's keep doing it until you get the results you want, OK? Have an exceptionally nice day!


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