BAYONNE, NJ - If Assemblyman Nicholas Chiaravalloti (D-Bayonne/Jersey City) has his way bars across New Jersey will be able to keep their buffalo wings hot and beers cold a little bit longer on Super Bowl Sunday.

In a letter to Governor Phil Murphy and New Jersey Commissioner of Health Judy Persichilli, the veteran legislator thanks the duo for their leadership throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. “Your commitment and tireless efforts to protect the public of New Jersey deserve unconditional praise,” he says.

Then, saying he understands why current restrictions requiring bars to close at 10 p.m. are in place, and acknowledging the adage that “Nothing good happens after midnight” was one his mother often used, Chiaravalloti shared what he beleives is the reality that “individuals will continue to gather in large groups for specific celebrations.”

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“I write because I am concerned that the closure of bars at 10:00 P.M. will force many individuals to gather in homes,” where individuals tend to be “less precautionary” than when in public settings. “Therefore, these house parties pose a greater risk of becoming super spreader events.”

Touching finally on the economic impact that bars have felt from closures imposed on Saint Patrick’s Day, the Fourth of July, and the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, Chiaravalloti urged Murphy and Persichilli to allow bars to remain open for two hours until the game is over, but no later than midnight.

Billed as the biggest event in U.S. sports the Super Bowl, this year in its 55th year, will be played in Tampa, Florida on Sunday, February 7 with kickoff at 6:30 p.m.

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