WALL TOWNSHIP — Assemblyman David Rible confirmed Friday that he has accepted nomination by Gov. Chris Christie as director of the Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control [ABC].
The governor has filed the nomination with the state senate, which must approve it.
“I’m very honored that the governor would consider me for such a great role,” Mr. Rible said, adding that he expects his nomination to move through the judiciary committee and full Senate as early as next week.
As director, Mr. Rible would “supervise the manufacture, distribution and sale of alcoholic beverages in such a manner as to fulfill the public policy and legislative purpose of the Alcoholic Beverage Control law,” according to the department’s website.
Mr. Rible said his legislative staffers will be guaranteed positions through the end of the year, and he is “confident” that his successor will maintain them.
The Republican legislator has had a high profile in matters related to alcohol regulation in recent months, leading the opposition to a bill that would have extended seasonal liquor licenses by two months. Gov. Christie vetoed the measure.
“Personally, I just really loved representing the people of the district for 10 years and it was a great opportunity to serve the people,” Mr. Rible said. “And now I get an opportunity to serve in a different way. I’m looking forward to serving as the new director of ABC.”
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