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The Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control says Franklin Borough cannot issue a club license to the Franklin Fire Department and future permits will have to go through its Trenton office. According to the New Jersey Herald, state law prohibits any municipally-issued alcoholic beverage license from being used on public property so they need a Special Concessionaire Permit issued by the director.
The announcement was made following an investigation by ABC which was prompted when police, who were investigating stolen money from the fire department's spaghetti dinner, were told about gambling events in the fire house.
The fire department's current club license expires at the end of June. A senior deputy attorney general and the chief of the ABC's Enforcement Bureau told the New Jersey Herald that while the club operates under the club license they can "only sell alcoholic beverages for on-premises consumption to its ‘bona fide' members."
Read the NJHerald.com story here.