Legislation sponsored by Assemblywoman Eliana Pintor Marin expanding the hours Newark Liberty International Airport is allowed to serve alcohol received final legislative approval Monday and now heads to the governor’s desk.
Specifically, the bill (A-2419) would allow bars and restaurants operating within an international airport to sell alcoholic beverages between the hours of 6 a.m. and 3 a.m. In New Jersey, this bill would only affect Newark Airport.
“This is a revenue generator and job booster, first and foremost,” said Pintor Marin (D-Essex), who represents the City of Newark. “It will also help us better accommodate travelers from all over the world who are on different time schedules and in need of a way to relax or pass the time.”
In general, a municipality may establish by ordinance the hours during which alcoholic beverages may be sold for consumption on the premises. Consequently, Newark Airport is bound by the liquor laws of the City of Newark, which means the sale of liquor in bars and restaurants in the airport is allowed from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m. Monday through Wednesday, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 a.m. Thursday through Saturday, and from noon to 2:00 a.m. on Sundays.
This bill would establish extended hours of sale for retail licensees operating an establishment located within an international airport.
The bill was approved 77-0-1 by the Assembly in June, and 37-0 today by the Senate. It is co-sponsored by Assembly Democrats Tim Eustace and John Burzichelli.