Even Democrats who want reforms are balking at the governor's plan
“We’ll keep trying, but it has me thinking that maybe we invest in a different state,” said Ehren Ryan, who wants, but can’t get, a liquor license in New Jersey because of antiquated state liquor laws. Gov. Phil Murphy gave a shout-out to Ryan — owner of the Common Lot eatery in Millburn — during last week’s State of the State speech, when he urged lawmakers to completely reform the statute, increase the number of new liquor licenses and make them more affordable.
But the New Jersey Restaurant and Hospitality Association urged its members to call legislators and oppose the plan, noting, “Thousands of liquor licenses are at risk of losing their value.” Even Democrats who want reforms are balking at the governor’s plan.