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N.J. Gym Owner Cleared of More Than 80 Charges After Rejecting COVID Lockdown

• NewsMax

Smith, along with co-owner Frank Trumbetti, were hit with more than 80 summonses and charged with violating a governor's orders, operating without a mercantile license, creating a public nuisance, and disturbing the peace, Lehigh Valley Live reported.

Many of the charges also carried up to six months in jail, according to Smith's attorney, John McCann.

The gym had been ordered to pay about $165,000 in state fines for violating the public health emergency rules issued by Murphy and state Health Commissioner Judith Persichilli, according to the report.

The two gym owners faced state and municipal cases. McCann said now that the local charges have been dismissed he is trying to determine if the state fines can be refunded.