NEWARK — New Jersey is considering a ban on wedding receptions at the state Capitol in downtown Newark.
The state Senate passed the bill on Wednesday and will take it to Gov.
Chris Christie, according to the governor’s office.
The Senate voted 29-1 in favor of the bill and the Assembly voted 51-3.
The bill would prohibit weddings in public buildings, parks and beaches.
It also would prohibit the sale of alcohol and prohibits all food and drink service to the public.
The bill has to pass both houses of the Legislature before becoming law.
The governor said he will sign the bill.
NJ Restaurant Association President Kevin Stuckey said he supports the ban because it prevents weddings in restaurants.
“I think we have a lot of hospitality industry workers who have been hurt and who have suffered and the public is suffering, too,” Stuckeys said.
State Sen. David OBrien (D-Bergen) said he is “furious” that restaurants would be barred from serving alcohol in the state capitol.
He said the ban “is not about creating a safe environment for anyone.”