New Jersey gym owners partner with GOP Senate campaign to keep business open

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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.