"Blue Law" on it's way out in NJ?

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"Blue Law" on it's way out in NJ?
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Sat, 03-27-2010 - 1:54pm
http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2010/03/27/ap/business/main6338693.shtml?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+CBSNewsPCAnswer+%28PC+Answer%3A+CBSNews.com%29



"NJ County's Sunday Buying Ban May Be Checking Out

New Jersey Governor Sees Green In Lifting Blue Law That Bans Shopping In County With 5 Malls



(AP) PARAMUS, N.J. (AP) - If you live in northern New Jersey, in one of the country's richest, most densely populated counties, you can buy food and liquor on Sundays, but not clothes, furniture or electronics.



That's because Bergen County, with its five malls and 900,000 residents, still enforces "blue laws" that prohibit Sunday shopping except for essentials.



Bergen's law is among the last in the country. Now it too could be on its way out to satisfy New Jersey's hunger for more sales taxes. The budget proposed by Republican Gov. Chris Christie assumes $65 million in new sales tax revenue by jettisoning the law starting July 1. "



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Sat, 03-27-2010 - 10:35pm

Ah, yes, the Paramus Park Mall, we used to drive by it on Sundays on the way to grandma's to visit, and I used to think it was abandoned, because I never saw it open. But then I'd hear the breathy women's-voice chant on the radio commercial "Paramus PARK! Paramus PARK!" and I figured, "Hey, must be open again...!"

The ONLY county in NJ to have any blue laws has held out for DECADES. Glad to see it go :)




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Sun, 03-28-2010 - 12:03pm
I grew up back east with this mix of religion and gov't. Even out here in CA in the early 60s our malls, a brand new big deal in those days, were closed on Sundays. I remember my dad taking me to the huge parking lots to practice my driving before I got my driver's license. :P I didn't question it, just figured it was a cultural thing. In those days life wasn't 24/7. Weekends people were off work in my culture. It was family time; household major chores time; etc. I never thought of it as a religious observance at all, growing up. Yeah, we went to church on Sunday (Catholic) as did our whole extended family, but once duty was done (going to Mass), Sundays were more or less kick back and relax type days. Saturdays were for lawn-mowing, grocery shopping, laundry, other chores. Sundays, once the duty to God was done, was for fun. ;) It was just a cultural thing and my family and neighbors and everybody just went along with it. Nobody questioned it then, and the connection with everything being closed on Sundays was never really talked about as being religious in nature; it just "was." Shrug. Of course our overall culture is very different now, also. Especially out here in CA, in the highly urban area in which I live. Lots of religious diversity. Plus lots of people who have no religious practice at all, or at least not necessitating a particular day of the week. As I said, life goes on 24/7 these days, and the "market place" now reflects that, and isn't ruled by any one religion's weekly worship day habits any longer.



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Strong like a mountain,

Flowing like a river."

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"All things share the same breath;

the beast, the tree, the man.

The Air shares its spirit with

all the life it supports."

--Chief Seattle



"If there are no dogs in Heaven,

then when I die I want to go where they went."

~Will Rogers



"The greatness of a nation and its moral progress

can be judged by the way its animals are treated."

~~Mahatma Gandhi





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Gypsy

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