The Cask of Amontillado

A winery bill that passed out of the Senate tonight contained the stain of political bad feelings between Senate President Steve Sweeney, (D-3), of West Deptford and Assembly Majority Leader Joe Cryan, (D-20), of Union Township, according to sources.

Backed by Cryan, S2782 makes statutory changes to the sale and distribution of products by state wineries, and creates a new out-of-state winery license governing wineries licensed in other states.

An amendment supported by Sweeney tonight contains a provision adding direct shipment, which Cryan opposes.

Sources said the disagreement wasn’t a big deal, hardly a re-enactment of “The Cask of Amontillado,” but in light of the pair of leaders’ opposition on health and benefits reform, the senate president’s decision to back direct shipment simply fits into an ongoing divide.

The Cask of Amontillado