New Jersey lawmakers and local officials believe legislation recently approved by the Legislature authorizing 12 additional alcoholic beverage licenses at the former Fort Monmouth will spur development at the former post. “The area has suffered since Fort Monmouth’s departure and this legislation will help spur economic growth in the district,” said state Sen. Vin Gopal (D), one of two primary bill sponsors. Mayors of two of the towns where the site is located told the Asbury Park Press they supported the measure. “The liquor licenses will help increase the value of the Fort Monmouth parcels and hopefully attract more developers and investors to reuse the property,” said Dennis Connelly, mayor of Eatontown. The bill now awaits the signature of Gov. Phil Murphy (D).