Owners Of Defiant New Jersey Gym Sue Gov. Murphy

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May 28, 2020 - 7:59 pm

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BELLMAWR, N.J. (WCBS 880) — The owners of a New Jersey gym that was shut down for defying Gov. Phil Murphy’s stay-at-home order have filed a lawsuit against him.

The state stepped in to close Atilis Gym in Bellmawr last week when it reopened during the pandemic

The owners say, in their suit, that Murphy’s shutdown was unconstitutional. They have filed for an injunction to allow them to reopen permanently.

The Health Department ordered the gym closed due to pluming issues. The owners say the bathrooms flooded after their toilets were somehow clogged by paper towels.

The owners have been cited several times for reopening and some members have also been cited.

The suit argues Gov. Murphy "arbitrarily" deemed some businesses essential while declaring others non-essential.

The lawsuit asks the federal court to order the state to lift the lockdown order and to compensate them for any incurred costs and attorney’s fees.

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