BELLMAWR, NJ – New Jersey gym owners Ian Smith and Frank Trumbetti have once again rejected another attempt by Governor Phil Murphy to forcibly shut down their business. Last week, the pair were arrested for contempt of court after violating Murphy’s executive order ordering the closure of public gyms, except for personal one on one instruction. Then the governor locked their doors again and boarded up their storefront door. On Saturday, the pair kicked down the plywood barriers and reopened their gym to the public. Now the governor, through the Borough council in Bellmawr is moving to revoke the gym’s business license.
Earlier in the week, after the administration changed the locks on the Atilis gym from door, the owners removed the doors from their hinges.
“Gov. Murphy has weaponized the police force against us over and over,” owner Ian Smith said. “I think he looks foolish, the way he’s treating us, he’s pulling out all the stops. You have to ask, How far will one man go to destroy a small business?”