N.J. lawmaker seeks to take brakes off Sunday car sales

In this file photograph taken on Sunday, Jan. 20, 2013, a line of 2013 Challengers sits at at a Dodge dealership in Littleton, Colo. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

In this file photograph taken on Sunday, Jan. 20, 2013, a line of 2013 Challengers sits at at a Dodge dealership in Littleton, Colo. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

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 $100 fine and 10 days in jail.

Legislation sponsored by Assemblyman Wayne DeAngelo 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 he rain,” he said. “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.”

New Jersey also is missing out on sales tax revenue from buyers who go to Delaware and New York where Sunday sales are allowed, said DeAngelo, D-Hamilton.

He says giving dealers in Jersey that option could help increase employment and boost the state’s economy.

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