Weird NJ Laws

by Staff

The law is a system of rules that a country or state puts in place and enforces through its government. We understand why certain laws are set in place and know that most of them are for our own protection. But some laws I have come across are quite funny to be legitimate laws. We are working towards our comedy issue as we speak and would love to give you a laugh with some of New Jersey’s Weird Laws:

Spray paint may not be sold without a posted sign warning juveniles of the penalty for creating graffiti.

Handcuffs may not be sold to minors.

It is illegal to wear a bullet-proof vest while committing a murder.

One must yield a phone line to a person if it is an emergency.

All motorists must honk before passing another car, bicyclist, skater, and even a skateboarder.

You cannot pump your own gas.

It is against the law for a man to knit during the fishing season.

It is against the law to “frown” at a police officer.

In an attempt to “foster kindness” in the citizens of New Jersey, the month of May is designated “Kindness Awareness Month”.

If you have been convicted of driving while intoxicated, you may never again apply for personalized license plates.

The third Thursday of October is designated as “New Jersey Credit Union Day” and citizens of the state should observe the day with “appropriate activities and programs”.

Car dealerships are forbidden from opening on Sunday.

You may not slurp your soup.

Automobiles are not to pass horse-drawn carriages on the street.

It is illegal to delay or detain a homing pigeon.

In Bernards Township – It is illegal to frown as the town is a “Frown-Free Town Zone”.

In Blairstown – Shooting ranges are outlawed.

In Blairstown – No street-side trees may be planted that “obscure the air”.

In Blairstown – It is illegal to throw ashes on the sidewalk.

In Caldwell – You may not dance or wear shorts on the main avenue.

In Cranford – Citizens are not permitted to park their own boat on their lawn.

In Cresskill – All cats must wear three bells to warn birds of their whereabouts.

In Elizabeth – It is forbidden for a woman, on a Sunday, to walk down Broad Street without wearing a petticoat.

In Haddon – It is illegal to use the Crystal Lake Pool without first obtaining a bathing tag from the Township Clerk.

In Haddon – Cross-dressing is illegal.

In Haddon – No one may annoy someone of the opposite sex.

In Manville – It is illegal to offer whiskey or cigarettes to animals a the local zoo.

In Mount Laurel – Climbing trees is prohibited in all city parks.

In Mount Laurel – It is illegal to get drunk and annoy others in your house.

In Newark – It is illegal to sell ice cream after 6 pm unless the customer has a note from his doctor.

In Raritan – Profanity is prohibited.

In Sea Isle City – There will be no boiling of bones on the property.

In Trenton – You may not throw a bad pickle in the street.

In Trenton – Pickles are not to be consumed on Sundays.

*Motorists used to handling the pumps at gas stations could be in for a shock when pulling in for a top-up at any station in New Jersey. That’s because it’s illegal for drivers there to pump their own gas. Only gas station employees can pump gas in the Garden State what’s known as full-service. The controversial law was passed in 1949 after lawmakers felt it was too dangerous to have untrained drivers pumping their own fuel.

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