Bergen County Rapper Records Anti-Blue Law Song

Rob Carney, a hip-hop artist who grew up in Palisades Park and Ridgefield, posted his song "Get Up (Blue Laws)" online to support Modernize Bergen County.

Rob Carney, who penned the anti-Blue Law song "Get Up." Photo submitted.
Rob Carney, who penned the anti-Blue Law song "Get Up." Photo submitted.
A local hip-hop artist has recorded a new song promoting a repeal of Bergen County's Blue Laws.

Rob Carney, who grew up in Palisades Park and Ridgefield and has been rapping for 8 or 9 years, said he was inspired to write the song after learning about Modernize Bergen County and becoming friendly with Mitchell Horn, one of the group's members. The group has been working to get a referendum about the Blue Laws in the ballot in November and recently announced they had the required number of signatures for the initiative.

In the song, "Get Up (Blue Laws)," Carney points to those who only have Sunday to shop and struggling small businesses as examples of why he believes the law should be changed.

"It's un-American," Carney told Patch. "Why should the government dictate whether or not we open retail stores on a Sunday?"

County residents on both sides of the issue have debated whether or not the potential economic benefits would outweigh the value of having a day each week with less traffic and other activity. 

Carney said that he hoped the song would inspire younger voters, who traditionally turn up to the polls in low numbers, to participate in this year's ballot.

"I have a perspective that's different from your typical political viewpoint," he said.

You can hear more of Carney's music on his website and listen to "Get Up (Blue Laws)" above.
Michael J. Klatsky August 29, 2013 at 04:57 PM
You must be one of those children in adult bodies in Paramus Boro. Stop interfering in the free market.
FLemp August 29, 2013 at 05:44 PM
Nope, not even close. Guess again?
Phil Brooks August 29, 2013 at 08:08 PM
Michael, The referendum will be on the customary Election Day, Nov. 5 this year. It's not part of the special election three weeks prior nor part of any other election (like for school boards). Not sure where you got your information from. // The two previous votes saw the referendum get voted down 55/45 (in '80) and 63/37 (in '93). So, an 80% plurality? You're pissing up a rope. // And there are two things different from the previous votes compared to this coming vote. The first, a negative for your side, is that, there's very little backing from large retailers. The other, a plus for your side, is increased social media, stuff like Patch here, where people get interact and get their message out. // The law MIGHT get voted down. But save the 80% smack talk for another day.
paul smith August 30, 2013 at 09:40 PM
It's amazing... people that want to repeal the law played by the rules, got signatures, and poof!, it's on the ballot...so, come November, the county gets to vote..personally, I hope it fails but the diatribes around sinister behind the scenes plots to get this on the ballot are moronic...


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