Connelly said Senator Jennifer Beck (R-11) has drafted a bill, S2987, which would permit 15 liquor licenses to be issued in the three municipalities located in the Fort Monmouth redevelopment area. The licenses would likely be divided evenly between the three towns; Eatontown, Oceanport and Tinton Falls; all of which have commercial development in their redevelopment futures.
Connelly said Beck's bill could help out communities that are also faced with base closures.
"It should help generate some support around the state as we're not the only ones this will ever affect, maybe that will be a way of passing it," Connelly said.
He said that although the bill could face some hurdles from bar owners associations, its true purpose could help it move forward.
"We're only trying to replace the liquor licenses that were currently federal licenses with state licenses which would help out the borough and help out the redevelopment," he said.
The mayor added that co-sponsors will be sought for the bill as Beck is currently its only sponsor.
Connelly also said he recently spoke to Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno about the matter and was told her office might also be willing to help out.
Her office also gave him information about a bill that passed a few years ago in Teterboro, a small New Jersey town with a small population which has an airport. He said the airport also has a redevelopment project and that the town was able to obtain additional liquor licenses as a result. The redevelopment plan included transforming a former aircraft parts factory in Teterboro into a complex of restaurants, big box stores and light industrial buildings.