Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Star Ledger: Gov. Christie Signs NJ Wine Bill - Saves NJ Wineries

Christie signs bill allowing N.J. wineries to sell vintages directly to consumers

Published: Tuesday, January 17, 2012, 11:18 AM
Updated: Tuesday, January 17, 2012, 12:25 PM
By Statehouse Bureau Staff

TRENTON — Wineries from New Jersey to California can now sell their vintages directly to consumers and retailers under a bill pushed by Democrats in the Legislature and signed today by Gov. Chris Christie.

"New Jersey’s wines are now considered among some of the best in the nation, but rules and regulations had suffocated the industry for far too long," Senate President Stephen Sweeney (D-Gloucester) said in a statement. "That will all now change."

The winery bill was the most embattled of the 214th Legislature's final session last week, with Sweeney working late into the night behind closed doors to round up the votes needed for the measure to pass.

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