Merchants and workers are celebrating a new law allowing 16- and 17-year-olds to work longer hours each summer, and are hoping it helps them address a worker shortage.

“I am so excited about this,” said Stainton’s Gallery of Shops manager Bridget Buchanan. “When I saw this (new law), I thought I was going to start crying.”

A new law allowing those older teens to work up to 10 hours per day and up to 50 hours per week took effect immediately upon Gov. Phil Murphy signing it Tuesday.

That’s up from 8 hours a day and 40 hours a week previously. Read More from Press of Atlantic City.