Dancer bill makes New Jersey more food truck friendly


The food truck industry continues to expand rapidly with revenue growth in the industry of almost 8 percent per year since 2011. Assemblyman Ron Dancer has introduced legislation helping ensure New Jersey is in position to capitalize on the trend.

Dancer’s bill (A4828) simplifies the licensing and permitting processes to operate a food truck in the state. It requires the health commissioner to establish a mobile food vendor license that will be valid across the state.

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“We want to break down the barriers to entry and make it easier for food entrepreneurs to get into business,” said Dancer (R—Ocean). “Food trucks can breathe new life into struggling neighborhoods, and often a successful food trucks are stepping stone into a brick-and-mortar restaurants for talented chefs.”

Dancer cited a recent report in The Economist that stated “counties that have experienced higher growth in mobile food services have also had quicker growth in their restaurant and catering businesses.”

“Food trucks can be a complement to Main Street businesses, not a threat,” said Dancer. “The potential for job and revenue growth demands a change to the current system that requires a food truck operator to navigate different permitting processes and follow different rules in every town.”

Municipalities and counties will be able to restrict locations and hours of operations of food vendors under Dancer’s bill.

“More and more food truck festivals are attracting diners sampling the gourmet offerings of ornately painted mobile kitchens,” said Dancer. “These are not the old ‘roach coaches’ of the past. It’s time for the regulation of these trucks to evolve, as well.

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