Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Presumed Innocent

The campaign cup was later released. 

Oh, no!

GA received this from a reader:
The donation of alcohol by a licensee is prohibited under ABC law… A licensee cannot contribute alcohol for any purpose…  all the alcohol purchased by a licensee has to be accounted for , every drop that’s sold has to be paid for with sales tax... Romano didn't put his bar on that cup... so how did the campaign get the alcohol? 
The alcohol sales industry is highly regulated, as everyone knows- but no licensee donations "for any purpose?"   Well folks, there it is on page 26 of the "Alcoholic Beverage Control Handbook for Retail Licensees:"


I had no idea!

It was explained to me later as this: when licensee buys 'x' amount of wholesale liquor the state ABC Board expects tax receipts to correspond with 'x' amount purchased.  If the liquor is donated, the state is 'shorted' on tax collection.  

Liquor can be donated if purchased retail.

It's a matter of tax revenue for the ABC.

Who knew?

"Romano2017" has no worries if their donated booze was purchased retail.  

What a relief!


20 comments:

  1. Was this brought to the attention of the ABC board in town?

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    1. Not by me. The campaign simply has to produce sales receipts, it shouldn't be a problem.

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    2. It should be.

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  2. Rules are for little people. This is OUR TOWN!

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  3. Freeholder Anthony Romano hasn't filed an ELEC since 2014. Where's the money going? He hasn't opened Romano2017 either.

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  4. That cup looks guilty to me.

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  5. So buybacks are illegal?

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    1. At Beth's bar in weehawken they're an absolute necessity.

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    2. Buybacks need to comply with the following ABC rules:

      http://www.nj.gov/oag/abc/downloads/abchandbook02.pdf

      COMPLIMENTARY DRINKS

      CAN A CONSUMPTION LICENSEE OR EMPLOYEE BUY A CUSTOMER A DRINK OR GIVE THE CUSTOMER A DRINK “ON THE HOUSE?”


      Yes, with certain qualifications. The general rule is that a licensee cannot sell any alcoholic beverage, whether in original package or by the drink, which would fall below the cost of that beverage. Generally, the offering of a free drink would cause it to be below cost and thus would be prohibited.

      There are, however, certain exceptions which permit a complimentary alcoholic beverage to be served to a patron. (See A.B.C. Bulletin 2440, Item 2.)

      The three exceptions are:

      (1) The Division of A.B.C. recognizes the long-standing practice of allowing a retail licensee to “buy a drink” for a patron as a gesture of good will. This activity is permitted so long as there is no advertising of the fact that the retail licensee will “buy” a patron a drink at any established interval or based on the purchase by the patron of a certain number of drinks or other products.
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      (2) The Division also permits retail licensees to utilize a “free drink coupon.” The Division has permitted retail licensees to offer a patron one open container drink per day per patron by utilization of a coupon or other similar advertising device.

      (3) The Division also permits a licensee to include one alcoholic beverage drink to be given complimentary with or to be included in the price of a meal. In such situations, the licensee may advertise that the beverage is included with the meal or is complimentary with the meal. Only one free or complimentary drink can be offered with the meal.

      WHAT IS THE PERMISSIBLE SIZE OR APPROPRIATE CONTAINER FOR FREE OR COMPLIMENTARY DRINKS?

      Free or complimentary alcoholic beverage drinks with a meal can only be offered in a glass from which patrons drink or in a “split” (187 ml) of wine. ”


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  6. They were crossing state lines as well.
    You aren't allowed to bring or sell Booze on Amtrak.

    This clown is in deep shit

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  7. Lmao, you guys are drawing at straws.... (literally)

    Who is to say who sponsored what? Is it possible that the bar owners provided the cups, mixers, napkins, ice & labels and the other sponsors purchased the alcohol.

    Also it is not illegal to give away alcohol on a amtrack train, its only illegal if they sold it. They can only sell alcohol on their license premises which is only at their locations.

    Also im pretty sure that all licenses can sell alcohol to go like a liquor store, so any licensee can purchased alcohol from themselves and take it off their license premises and give it away if they choose.

    Food for thought

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    1. No BYOB on AmtrackMarch 2, 2016 at 5:04 PM

      WRONG! Drinking "private stock" alcohol is prohibited in public areas and only allowed in sleeping cars.

      https://www.amtrak.com/personal-food-beverages-medication

      Alcoholic Beverages
      Private stock


      You may bring aboard your own private stock of alcoholic beverages subject to the following limitations:

      You may consume private stock alcoholic beverages only in Sleeping Car accommodations for which you have a valid ticket.
      You may not consume private stock alcoholic beverages in any public areas.

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  8. DOUBLE WRONG!!!

    The NJ Chamber of Commerce charted the entire amtrak train for there personal use. Its actually the same train going to DC and back. (For security)

    Thank you for playing, but try again...lmao

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    1. TRIPLE WRONG!!!

      Alcohol served on chartered Amtrak trains is booked through Amtrak, they do the catering NOT "Romano2017."

      https://m.amtrak.com/mt/www.amtrak.com/charter-your-private-train

      Food & Beverages
      Customized menus are available, with choices ranging from light snacks and non-alcoholic beverages to full meals and a full bar selection. We work with a variety of preferred caterers that can arrange boxed meals, hors d'oeuvres or entrees.

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    2. Lmao, ok so I took the time to follow the link, I didnt see where it stated "outside beverage not allow"

      Thank you, come again..

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    3. QUADRUPLE WRONG!!

      followed the link and didn't see where it stated "outside food and drink not allow."

      Thank you for playing..

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    4. QUINTUPLE WRONG!!!

      You did not see where it DID.

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    5. back to the point: Romano's campaign was giving away alcohol. Who gave that liquor? Where did it come from?

      CRICKETS

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  9. Does it really matter what the rules/laws are? The OG has consistently broken, ignored and violated the rules and law for decades. Same old same old.

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    1. True. When does Stick open the Romano2017 account? Whats he waiting for? His kickoff invite said paid for by Romano for Freeholder.

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