Police shut down pop-up parties in Roselle and Union Beach, NJ


It was a relatively quiet weekend on the Jersey Shore, free of the rowdy pop-up parties that have been disrupting cities since the start of the summer season.

Union Beach police said they prevented a pop-up from happening on Saturday after intercepting conversations on social media about a planned event.

Union Beach Police/Facebook

Union Beach Police/Facebook

People started coming to town to party, but the officers were turning them away.

According to police, an invitation was shared on social media by a 17-year-old Union Beach resident.

Police say they issued 15 summonses, but did not say what they were for, or whether the 17-year-old had been charged.

In Roselle, police shut down a pop-up pool party.

The owner told officers he was allowing a friend to use his pool, but was unaware of the potential scale of the party being promoted.

Roselle/Facebook Police

Roselle/Facebook Police

Meanwhile, the scheduled pop-up for Long Branch did not occur.

Apparently, we learned that a judge had ordered the annulment. Additional police were on hand throughout the weekend to ensure no large, unauthorized crowds gathered.

It was also quiet at Asbury Park and Point Pleasant Beach.

Point Pleasant Beach Mayor Paul Kanitra Point Pleasant Beach Mayor Paul Kanitra thanked his police department for giving time to show up on Saturday to deal with any potential issues.

Kanitra says police will continue to monitor potential future pop-up parties, but again criticized Governor Phil Murphy’s lack of help.

Paul Kanitra/Facebook

Paul Kanitra/Facebook

“We still need state support. It’s crazy that a 1.5 square mile city has to spend resources like this over and over again for a situation created by Trenton,” the mayor wrote on his Facebook page.

Eric Scott is the senior policy director and anchor of New Jersey 101.5. You can reach him at [email protected]

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