[Adopted 4-16-2019 by Ord. No. 2019-05]
Subject to all provisions of N.J.S.A. 5:8-24 et seq. ("Bingo Licensing Law"), N.J.S.A. 5:8-50 et seq. ("Raffles Licensing Law"), and in accordance with N.J.A.C. 13:47-1.1 et seq. (" Rules of Legalized Games of Chance") issued by the Legalized Games of Chance Control Commission, games of chance shall be permitted in the Borough of Washington.
The issuing authority, as defined in N.J.S.A. 5:8-24 et seq. and N.J.S.A. 5:8-50 et seq., responsible for approving bingo and raffle licenses shall be the Municipal Borough Clerk.
Any applicant authorized by law to conduct any games of chance, including raffles and bingo, shall be permitted to conduct the same on any day of the week, including Sunday, as provided by N.J.S.A. 5:8-31 and N.J.S.A. 5:8-58.
Subject to all provisions of N.J.S.A. 5:8-26 and N.J.S.A. 5:8-52, each applicant for a license to hold and operate games of bingo or raffles shall file with the Borough Clerk written application with required fees. The issuing authority shall approve or deny all applications for bingo or raffle licenses.
No license to conduct a game of chance as authorized by law shall be issued to any organization not having a bona fide situs established in good faith within the State of New Jersey and actively engaged in serving one or more of the authorized purposes as defined by the rules and regulations of the Legalized Games of Chance Control Commission.
No person, organization, club, company or squad shall conduct, operate, run or sponsor any unlicensed bingo or raffle within the municipality.
No person, organization, club, company or squad shall violate any of the terms or provisions of any one or more of the following:
The governing body, pursuant to N.J.S.A. 5:8-30 and N.J.S.A. 5:8-57, may suspend and revoke any issued bingo or raffle license, after a hearing, for any violation of this article or applicable state law. The governing body may suspend the operation of a bingo or raffle license pending a hearing, in which case a hearing must be held within five days after such action. Notice of hearing shall be served personally upon an officer of the licensee or the member in charge of the bingo or raffle or sent by registered mail or certified mail to the licensee at the address shown on the license. All decisions and findings by the governing body regarding suspension or revocation of a bingo or raffle license shall be in writing.
Any person, organization, club, company or squad who violates any of the provisions of this article shall be subject to the following penalties:
Suspension and revocation of any outstanding license;
Suspension from obtaining a bingo or raffle license in the municipality for a period of one year from the date of violation;
If a person, not more than 90 days' imprisonment and/or a fine of not more than $500;
If an organization, club company or squad, a fine of not more than $1,000; or
As provided in the New Jersey Administrative Code.