Frankford Asked to Repeal Loitering Law

NJ Herald mentions the NJLP's Preempted Ordinance Repeal Project.

When the “no loitering” signs went up, the late-night parties at the Culver Lake causeway stopped.

Rabble-rousers took heed and residents living near the causeway said they were no longer awakened in the middle of the night to the sounds of screaming party-goers. The shards of broken beer bottles and other remnants from the weekend parties also went away.

As useful as it may have been, Frankford’s loitering ordinance is not allowed to hang around the township’s law books. Last month, the township had to repeal the ordinance due to an oversight by the 2007 Township Committee that such laws were deemed unenforceable after a state Supreme Court ruling 27 years ago.

John Paff, chairman of the New Jersey Libertarian Party’s Preempted Ordinance Repeal Project, has been working for three years to get municipalities to take the outdated laws off their books.

So far he has succeeded in getting 14 municipalities to remove the ordinances, including Andover Township and Newton.

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