State A.G. orders Secaucus strip club to sell liquor license
TRENTON -- State A.G. Christopher Porrino and the state Division of Alcohol Beverage Control have ordered A.J.'s Gentleman's Club in Secaucus to sell or transfer its liquor license to a third party by Jan 3, per a press release. The order also applies to the Satin Dolls strip club in Lodi, N.J. The latter club served as the fictional "Bada Bing" club in the HBO series "The Sopranos."
The order comes because alleged mob informant Anthony Cardinalle, who was allegedly criminally disqualified from operating both clubs, allegedly continued doing so after the fact, the release says. It also alleges that the owners did not account for large amounts of cash flowing in and out of the businesses.
Both clubs also have until Dec. 17 to cease providing live entertainment, the release said. Should they ignore that order, the Division will immediately suspend their licenses and the owners will be subject to disciplinary charges.
"Anthony Cardinalle plead guilty in 1995 to federal income tax evasion for [allegedly] not reporting cash payments from 'gentleman’s clubs' in which he held undisclosed interests," the release said. "During the Division’s investigation, evidence was [allegedly] uncovered that Anthony Cardinalle was still actively involved with running the clubs."
The federal government also indicted Cardinalle in Jan. 2013 for allegedly "participating in a conspiracy by the Genovese crime family related to the waste-disposal industry in New Jersey and New York."
That December, he pleaded guilty to racketeering conspiracy and conspiracy to commit extortion and was ordered to spend 30 days in jail and pay a fine and restitution.
"The Cardinalles may have wanted to keep the business in the family, but that’s not how it works. Their continued [alleged] flouting of Alcoholic Beverage Control laws cannot and will not be tolerated,” said Porrino in the release. “Illegal activity was glorified at the ‘Bada Bing’ in the fictional world of Tony Soprano, but it has no place in modern-day New Jersey. It’s time to shut it down.”