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The Sunday shopping ban in New Jersey's largest county – among the nation's last remaining blue laws – may be lifted to satisfy the state's hunger for more sales tax revenue. The budget proposed last week by new Republican Gov. Chris Christie assumes $65 million in new sales tax revenue by jettisoning the law starting July 1.

While some people may see Bergen County's blue law as antiquated, many residents view it as quaint and don't want to lose it.

"Sundays in this town are wonderful," said Carl Shaw, a 56-year-old Bergen County native who owns Norton Paints in Paramus, which is closed on Sundays by law. "To the people who say 'I need it now,' I say 'Plan ahead or come Saturday or Monday.'"

The few remaining blue laws are mostly in the South and Midwest and mostly limit liquor or car sales on Sundays, said Jacqueline Byers, research director at the National Association of Counties.

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KEEP THE BLUE LAWS! AM: i worked for years in Retail.So keep the blue laws.Because It supposed to on Sundays for prayer?right!! GA: TO ALL OF YOU THAT VOTED 


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