HOBOKEN, NJ - The longtime owner of Mario’s Pizza on Garden Street was charged with remaining open for business in violation of Governor Murphy’s executive orders signed to slow the spread of COVID-19 on May 21. 

“We’re cracking down on those who jeopardize public health and undermine public safety,” New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal said announcing the arrest. “We have zero patience for those who spit on cops, gouge prices, or try to exploit this pandemic for their personal gain.”

According to Grewal and Colonel Patrick Callahan, Superintendent of the New Jersey State Police, Mario Albunia, 63, a Jersey City resident, was observed allowing patrons at tables both outside and inside his restaurant. The patrons were seated less than six feet from one another and restaurant employees. 

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“Although law enforcement and medical professionals are on the frontlines of the battle against COVID-19, we are ultimately winning the war because of the extraordinary resolve and fortitude of New Jersey citizens who are doing their part day in and day out, abiding by the executive orders and sacrificing for the greater good,” said Colonel Patrick Callahan, Superintendent of the New Jersey State Police.  “Those who choose to ignore the law and selfishly place others at risk will face swift law enforcement action.”

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