Relax, Ladies: Jersey Pols Defend Civil Right of Cheap Drinks


It’s unanimous: Women deserve a cheap drink, at least in New Jersey bars and restaurants. Despite an administrative ruling that says the ladies’ night at a Cherry Hill bar and restaurant violated state civil rights rules, Assembly members Thursday said there ought to be a law protecting the practice. The Assembly voted 78-0 to approve a bill making it legal for bar owners and others to offer special promotions such as charging women different prices for drinks.

Earlier this month, the director of the state Division on Civil Rights ruled in favor of a man who said it wasn’t fair for women to get into the Coastline bar and restaurant in Cherry Hill for free and enjoy discounted drinks while men paid $5 and full price for beverages. The House measure was designed to specifically overturn that June 1 ruling. Gov. James E. McGreevey led the charge in denouncing the decision, calling it “bureaucratic nonsense.” The bill now heads to the Senate.


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