BAYONNE, NJ - While COVID-19 may have stopped more extravagant wedding gatherings, an increased number of couples have been tying the knot in Bayonne City Hall Mayor, according to Mayor Jimmy Davis.

“I don’t know why more people are getting municipal weddings,” Davis said. “Some of them had more traditional marriage ceremonies planned and decided to get married anyway. It’s a little strange doing them with the mask on, but it feels good, and people seem to be happy about it.”

In the past, municipal weddings were often a more economical way to get married, with just a minimal charge by some mayors, though not Davis, who have the power vested in them to pronounce couples wed, and a local $28 licensing fee. Some municipalities charge another fee for the ceremony itself, again, one Bayonne foregoes in the name of love.

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“I love doing weddings,” said Davis who keeps his marriage duties to just local couples. “I regularly did them for people before, but since COVID-19, I’ve been doing many more.”

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