RANDOLPH, NJ- The Randolph Tennis Center will be the site of a “Re-Open Businesses and Restore Livelihoods” rally on Sat., May 30, to raise awareness of the harm that has come to small business as a result of Gov. Phil Murphy’s prolonged economic shutdown, according to Randolph Tennis Center owner, Jennifer Rogers. Local business leaders and residents will come together from 12 -2 p.m. to voice their feelings on urging Murphy to allow businesses to re-open safely.

“This is about people not being able to provide for their families,” said Rogers. “This is about my employees and their families hurting as a result of the shutdown that’s now lasted more than 70 days. This is about families and businesses throughout our community who are facing possible devastation.”

Rogers tried to be creative and resourceful, turning to her parking lot when the restrictions on outdoor activities were lifted. She hired someone to paint lines and set up some nets and fencing and began offering outdoor lessons on two playing surfaces. It is a fraction of what she can typically offer, but according to Rogers, she felt good that she could at least get some of her teaching pros working to make a few dollars on the nicer weather days.

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“Families are hurting, businesses are hurting, and someone has to stand up for them,” Rogers continued. “Business owners across New Jersey are well-prepared to safely re-open our businesses and protect our workers, members, and customers. We urge Gov. Murphy to end the harm and allow us to restore livelihoods in Randolph and across the state.”

As the idea started to spread via word of mouth, Rogers began to hear from local businesses who wanted to join forces with her on the rally. She began to hang banners from the businesses on her fence to show the wide range of support of affected local businesses. Rogers is putting the word out that anyone from the surrounding area is welcome to join the rally, including business owners, politicians or just residents who want to support the cause and help their neighbors.  

So far guest speakers will include Morris County surrogate Heather Darling, Sussex County Freeholder Sylvia Petillo, and Anthony Colondro, Second Amendment advocate and owner of Gun for Hire.

For further info, contact Jennifer Rogers at 908-797-9296 or jennilr2004@yahoo.com. Randolph Tennis Center is located at 1578 Sussex Turnpike, Randolph, New Jersey.


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