Small Business Partners With GOP Candidate to Stay Open

Embattled Atilis Gym owners Ian Smith and Frank Trumbetti partnered with a local political candidate running for the U.S. Senate in an effort to keep the state of New Jersey from closing their gym.

Atilis Gym is now a designated campaign rally and volunteer location for “Rik Mehta for Senate” in New Jersey, Smith and Trumbetti revealed early Friday night. “All members are invited to join us in exercising their rights by coming to the facility to volunteer their time, donate, and participate in activities,” they said.

Two days after the Bellmawr, New Jersey, gym was fined nearly $130,000 for repeatedly defying Gov. Phil Murphy’s executive order to stay closed during the COVID-19 pandemic, Rik Mehta, a GOP senate candidate challenging Sen. Cory Booker, joined forces with the gym owners.

Smith told the Washington Examiner that the state of New Jersey has been notified of this designation. “Any fines levied or attempt to barricade our doors would now be a political interference with an active Senate Campaign,” he said in a statement. “Rik Mehta has been one of the only political figures in NJ to show his support for the rights of small businesses. Where others have ‘spoken’ support Rik has shown action.”

Continue reading at the Washington Examiner.

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