TRENTON, NJ – Legislation co-sponsored by Assemblyman Roy Freiman, D-16th extending the life of seasonal liquor licenses has been signed by Gov. Phil Murphy.

Frieman, a resident of Hillsborough, was joined by Assembly colleagues Yvonne Lopez, Joseph Danielsen and Wayne DeAngelo sponsoring the bill, now law, which will extend until Jan. 14, 2022, the time period during which the holder of a summer seasonal retail consumption license may sell alcoholic beverages.

Previously, a seasonal consumption license holder was limited to selling alcoholic beverages for consumption on licensed premises during the summer or winter season from May 1 through Nov.14.

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Freiman joined with the other sponsors to issue a prepared statement: 

“COVID-19 has restricted bars and restaurants from serving the amount of clientele they are used to on the premises due to social distancing protocols. Extending summer seasonal retail consumption licenses into 2022 for business owners can enable them to recover any income lost during the pandemic. Businesses, small and large, have seen a substantial loss of revenue due to the pandemic. We must continue to do all we can to support the business community.”