For nearly 100 years, Moorestown has been dry. But on Tuesday, voters decided the affluent community should break with tradition and go wet. Exit polls give a glimpse of their many reasons.
"I don't want my taxes to go crazy," said Kathleen Crawford, a 44-year resident who works in finance. "Economically, it makes sense."
The Moorestown Mall owners urged voters to allow them to bring in fine dining restaurants with liquor licenses, saying this would stimulate business, create jobs, and help with the tax burden. Recognizing that a majority don't want liquor sales in the quiet, quaint downtown, the mall owners proposed a ballot question restricting liquor sales to the mall. The approach worked.
"Look at the Cherry Hill Mall," said Crawford, referring to its boon after it added five new restaurants with liquor licenses a couple of years ago. "I'd rather not go as far. I'd rather go here."
Lisa McGovern, a homemaker, said liquor sales should help people who are "being driven out by taxes." Her son, Joseph, a server at the Iron Hill Brewery, which is just across the Moorestown border, agrees. "I never understood why this is a dry town," he said.
Thomas Keyes, a long-time resident who works at Virtua Hospital, sees the big picture, pointing to the town's neighboring communities, which all allow liquor sales. "Everyone else has it, so there is no reason why we should not have it," he said. "We're only helping out the town by allowing it."