Varying laws for sale of alcohol in NJ
Why such varying laws for sale of alcohol in NJ?You ever wonder why there is such a disparity regulating the sale of alcohol in NJ and its 565 municipalities?
Was thinking about this since today is (the official) St. Patrick’s Day. The number of laws, licenses, “permits” and so on in New Jersey, as well as almost every other state is mind-boggling. What do they expect to achieve?
Well, right off the bat – these so-called “useful” laws are, in our opinion, just another complicated way to generate revenue for the state and local cities – and to appear to justify the need for all this government bureaucracy.
But other than the added revenue to local coffers – what good does it do?
Towns have different “rules” for alcohol purchases
Hoboken, lucky for everyone, has some of the most relaxed “laws” on the books.
According to the “law” the latest you can buy beer or wine is until 3am on Fridays and Saturdays. Supposedly state law prohibits “hard liquor” from being sold past 10pm, but I’ve never seen that enforced (unless Hoboken has relaxed those laws too?)
Most other suburban towns typically have earlier closing times. Typically 10pm or 11pm. I guess since it involves more drivers?
You have the king of the hill – Atlantic City, where you can purchase alcohol 24 hours a day. How’s that working out for the them (other than the casinos?)
Then you have the 35 NJ cities where there is NO alcohol sales permitted.
“Dry towns.” Usually, these are spawned by religious reasons.
But how does it prevent people from consuming alcohol any time they wish?
Would getting rid of ALL regulations for hours of operation make a difference?Some might argue that “restricting” the sale of alcohol to limited hours is a benefit to society in general.
You know, it provides a “cooling off” period for people to “sober up” or prevent over-consumption in extreme cases.
But how is that possible if cities offer varying levels of restrictions?
The city that has a 10pm closing time – that would only compel someone hell-bent on getting more booze to DRIVE to another city with longer operating hours. That kind of takes away the “safety” aspect of one law versus another, doesn’t it?
And we all know – that “good” alcoholics have a excellent stockpile of extra booze at home at all times. So even restricting hours can’t solve the problem of improper inebriation.
Does having these restrictions provide that necessary chill out period people have become accustomed to living around?
How would 24 hour alcohol sales work in Hoboken? Would the city suffer?
I’d say yes, unless each city had the same law. It would certainly become the “AC of NE NJ,” because certain people gravitate towards easy access to the booze. Not so much if the entire county of Hudson was 24 hours, but it would be an interesting to see how that scenario would play out (over time of course).
So why not relax the laws and let nature take it’s course. Because ultimately, the less “laws and regulations” on the books, the better for all of us!