TRENTON, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has signed a bill that takes the heat off of people who want to make a few bucks shoveling snow.
As New Jersey bundles up with real snow set to fall over the weekend, those with strong backs and a desire to make a few bucks can finally showcase their willingness to shovel.
As CBS2’s Tony Aiello reported, it’s thanks in part to Rutgers University freshman Matt Molinari.
“It’s a pretty cool thing at 19-years-old to say that you had an effect,” Molinari said.
Right before a snowstorm last January, Molinari and a buddy handed out fliers offering to help with snow removal until a cop in Bound Brook stopped them.
“Technically that’s not allowed in Bound Brook,” Molinari said.
The fliers violated the borough ordinance against soliciting without a permit.
“I have an extreme respect for law enforcement, and they were just doing their jobs,” Molinari said.
Many lawmakers thought the situation gave the cold shoulder to common sense.
“I just thought it was outrageous. We should be encouraging young people to go out there and shovel snow and help out their neighbors,” said New Jersey state Sen. Mike Doherty (R-Washington/Bridgewater).
The legislature agreed. They passed Doherty’s bill to allow snow shoveling solicitation within 24 hours of a forecast storm.
“And you don’t have to go out and get a special permit or apply for a special license to do that,” Doherty said.
It came just in time for whatever the weekend brings.