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Bill Would End NJ Sunday Car Sales Ban

By Phil Gregory, WBGO News
Trenton. July 26, 2013

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A measure awaiting action in the legislature would lift the ban on Sunday car sales in New Jersey.

A 1937 law makes selling a car in the Garden State on a Sunday a disorderly persons offense punishable by a hundred dollar fine and ten days in jail.

Assemblyman Wayne DeAngelo says that law is archaic.

“You know it’s ludicrous. Why it wasn’t changed I have no idea. I’m sure it was an oversight, but these are the kind of things that when you look at laws and try to fix and amend and bring back into the 21st century this is one of them.”

 DeAngelo is sponsoring legislation that would allow car dealerships to be open seven days a week.

He says weekends are the only time many people have to go car shopping.

 “If you go out there and it’s raining on a Saturday and it’s your only day off, you don’t want to go shopping for a car in the rain. If you’re running around with your kids, taking them around sports, or just busy in general catching up after a long week of work this is just an opportunity I think.”

DeAngelo says New Jersey is missing out on sales tax revenue from car buyers who go to Delaware and New York where Sunday sales are allowed.

“It’s a good opportunity here to bring in revenue, a good opportunity to create some jobs, some additional sales person jobs, hopefully increase the sales of vehicles and manufacturing of vehicles, and get the whole economy running.”

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