The following is from an email I received from UnCorkNJ! This is the week that the fate of New Jersey wineries will be decided. Please read this and contact the representatives at the end of the post. Not only will a positive vote save our state wineries, it will give the consumer the right to have wines from all over the country shipped to our homes. We WANT this.
New Jersey’s wine consumers and wineries received another major boost this weekend as the STAR-LEDGER, the state’s largest newspaper, joined five other newspapers in endorsing direct shipping legislation. Additionally, the editorial went on to dismiss the liquor lobby’s misleading allegations about job losses and an increase in underage access to wine as a result of direct shipping. The editorial said, “Both arguments are fear-mongering nonsense.” Further, the editorial pointed out, “New Jersey wineries – the state’s most promising farmers – need this law because it’s good for business. It’s already law in 38 states. Direct-shipping expands consumer choice. Moreover, local wineries draw tourism, and the state stands to make millions on license fees and sales taxes.”
Momentum continues to build for direct shipping! A-4436/S-3172, sponsored by Senate President Stephen Sweeney, Assemblyman John Burzichelli, Deputy Speaker John Wisniewski, and Assemblywoman Celeste Riley, is scheduled to be considered by the Assembly Budget Committee on Thursday, January 5th! This legislation provides the Legislature with an opportunity to enhance New Jersey’s image around the country, and further establish the state as a major wine producer. Additionally, this important legislation will ensure the future of the NJ wine industry, stimulate agri-tourism, preserve farmland, create jobs and bring additional tax and fee revenue to the state. Now is the time to reach out to members of the Assembly Budget Committee and urge them to support this legislation and finally give NJ residents the same ability as millions of other Americans in 38 states to have wine shipped from wineries to their residences.
UnCorkNJ is calling on its thousands of supporters to take action today and urge members of the Assembly Budget Committee to reject the liquor lobby and side with NJ wine consumers and wine growers and pass A-4436/S-3172 on Thursday!
We thank you for your past support and encourage you to spread the word to other wine consumers. To read the STAR-LEDGER editorial, please click here.
Members of the Assembly Budget Committee:
Chairman Lou Greenwald
Vice-Chairman Gary Schear
AsmSchear@njleg.org (note: the email I sent to this particular address was sent back undeliverable. I went in through Vice-Chairman Schear’s website and sent an email that way: http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/members/bio.asp?Leg=258)
Assemblyman Anthony Bucco
Assemblyman John Burzichelli
Assemblyman Gary Chiusano
Assemblyman Albert Coutinho
Assemblyman Gordon Johnson
Assemblyman Declan O’Scanlon
Assemblywoman Nellie Pou
Assemblywoman Joan Quigley
Assemblywoman Bonnie Watson Coleman
Assemblyman Jay Webber