BELLMAWR, NJ – It is a small victory in the state’s fight against the executive orders of Governor Phil Murphy today. This morning, hundreds of supporters showed up at the Atilis Gym in Bellmawr, New Jersey to protest the inconsistent plan by Governor Phil Murphy to reopen the state’s businesses. Gym members arrived at the gym early in the morning and were allowed inside after their temperatures were taken and they filled out social distancing and health compliance forms by the owner. Hundreds lined the parking lot with American flags and chanting in support of the business and in opposition to Phil Murphy.
Bellmawr police officers showed up at the event but took no actions other than helping the municipal department of public works employees block off areas of the parking lot. Police who arrived at the rally notified the gym’s owners that they were in violation of Governor Phil Murphy’s executive orders and remained on the site, so far, only to observe.
“I was prepared for the worst and hoping for the best, that was better than the best. They told us that we were in violation of an executive order and have a good day. They protected and served the people,” said owner Frank Trumbetti. “We finish working today and reopen tomorrow, and we keep doing it right and open up the day after that and we encourage everyone to do the same thing. The constitution is there to restrain the government, not the citizens.”
Trumbetti said he is not sure if Governor Phil Murphy will dispatch the New Jersey State Police as he threatened to do last week.
“No matter what happens, we won,” he said. “Not sure if New Jersey State Police will show up… everyone will understand nationally and locally will know where the order came from, because people in our community believe we’re doing the right thing. The pandemic isn’t killing us, the government is.”
Outside a Bellmawr gym that’s re-opened early, defying Gov Murphy’s exec order pic.twitter.com/wmNuGFxtt9
— Katy Zachry (@KatyZachry) May 18, 2020
Breaking Update: Atilis Gym in Bellmawr opened as planned at 8am. Members separated in line outside by 6ft red X markings. They read&sign waiver&questionnaire, get temps taken, get personal disinfectant&allowed in. Bellmawr police keeping crowd peaceful @FOX29philly pic.twitter.com/kIDHRHqREz
— Steve Keeley (@KeeleyFox29) May 18, 2020