A bill that would require chain restaurants in New Jersey to post the calorie counts of all menu items will move to the state Assembly after passing in the Senate yesterday on a 22-16 vote. A companion bill already has been approved by the Assembly health committee.

The proposal, which would apply to chains with 20 or more locations nationwide, would require calories to be posted on standard menus, on menu boards, and at drive-throughs. A similar ordinance in Philadelphia goes into effect Jan. 1.

The New Jersey bill would take effect a year from the governor's signing. A spokesman for Gov. Corzine did not immediately return requests for comment.   

- Chelsea Conaboy