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Referendum on Sunday Closing Law Sought in New Jersey

A campaign to put a Sunday closing proposal on a referendum for the November state election in New Jersey was underway today in five of the state’s most heavily populated counties, all of them with substantial Jewish communities.

The state legislature voted in May to leave the issue to the people. The proposed law would forbid the sale of apparel, building materials, appliances and home and office furnishings on a county option basis. It would go into effect November 15 if approved.

Foes of the measure, which include religious groups which do not observe Sunday as their Sabbath–mainly Jews and Seventh Day Adventists–were preparing a counter-campaign to induce voters to oppose the measure. A total of 2,500 signatures in each county is needed to get the issue on the November ballot.