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Warren County Commissioner Kern calls on Gov. Murphy to sign bill easing brewery restrictions

The bipartisan legislation has passed both houses with unanimous support and sits on Governor’s desk.

WARREN COUNTY, NJ – Warren County Commissioner James Kern III continued his call for the state to fix the issues caused by the New Jersey Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control.

The NJABC issued a ruling last year that caps events at breweries to 25 per year as well as 52 private parties. Breweries were also limited to attend 12 off-premises events.

The legislature crafted legislation (S-3038) this spring that would overturn these rules, Kern said.

“For over a year, New Jersey microbreweries have had to operate with these draconian rules hanging over their heads. Not only do these rules limit their creativity but cause significant business challenges” Kern said.

Warren County is home to four microbreweries – Czig Meister Brewing Company and Man Skirt Brewing both in Hackettstown, Invertase Brewing Company in Phillipsburg, and Buttzville Brewing Company in Washington Borough, all of which are directly affected by the new regulations.

“The only thing standing in the way of a victory for our breweries is Governor Murphy’s pen. I call on the Governor to sign this legislation and put this issue behind us,” Kern said.

Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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