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New Jersey only remaining state to ban sale of home-baked goods

New Jersey only remaining state to...

Heather Russinko and Mandy Coriston love to bake and they would like to turn their baking into business.

"I want to bake! I want to bake and be able to sell," said Russinko.

But, there is a problem. Believe it or not, if she tried to sell her home-baked goods, she could be fined thousands of dollars. It is illegal to do in the state of New Jersey.

"We're allowed to donate goods for charity events, we're allowed to sell for school fundraisers," said Coriston. "We're not allowed to sell those goods for profit, although they're the same baked goods."

After a recent court decision in Wisconsin, New Jersey is now the only state left where it is illegal.

Some argue that allowing home bakers to sell would be unfair to existing companies, who have invested in commercial kitchens and obey regulations.

Russinko said she is not a threat.

"You have a manufacturer pumping out thousands of cookies a day, bakeries hundreds of thousands of cookies a day. Maybe I get a few dozen," she said.

State Sen. Joseph Vitale (D-District 19) is a major obstacle. He has stopped the idea from being voted on in the Senate, citing safety concerns to the Associated Press.

He had no comment to WFMZ.

Coriston rejects his argument.

"There's data that backs up that baking from home is very safe," she said. "Everybody wants to eat local these days, but you can't buy a cookie from your neighbor?"

A coalition of home-bakers, including Coriston and Russinko, is pushing a bill right now to change the law.

"It feels awful, because I'm proud of my state, I love my state, and I want my state to be on the top. And right now, we're on the bottom," said Russinko.

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