Varying laws for sale of alcohol in NJ

Why such varying laws for sale of alcohol in NJ?

People will always drink when they feel like it!

People will always drink when they feel like it!

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?

Remember this place?

Remember this place?

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).

But then again, you can get alcohol 24 hours a day in the city – so the magic juice is only a PATH train ride or Uber-trip away.

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!

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The way I see it a City is either a dry or not. Certainly, if one has a problem with liquor, they would not chose to live in a town with a huge number of liquor licenses. With casinos being proposed by local democrats 24-hr will be the norm.


I appreciate topics like this. Shows that people still think about life from a different vantage point. How many times do you see your friends piecing a puzzle together?

Everyone just accepts laws and restrictions without thought. It is a way of life for most people. Nice to see a strong will to ask why.

As far as the alcohol laws, I think there is a genuine disconnect between laws set by the state, and what each individual city can do. And cities do not coordinate or speak with one another often, which is why you will have such odd differences.

I believe that going all out and un-restricting alcohol sales might just speed up the inevitable, but not without some casualties.

If a business can man a store 24 hours a day, then more power to them. Gas station, bodega, bar, or clothing shop. Why should local entities infringe on individuals?

Mrs. L
Mrs. L

Not wholesome to sell the work of the devil 24 hrs a day. Bad for children. Make it look like there are boundaries and everyone is happy looking the other way.