CWA: Despite Treasurer’s assurances, Lottery deal is privatization

TRENTON – The union representing Lottery workers who will be affected by the 15-year pact the state has decided to award NorthStar to run Lottery sales and marketing operations fired back today at the treasurer’s statement that it does not amount to privatization.

Seth Hahn of the Communications Workers of America said in a statement that “The Treasurer would have you believe it’s walking like a duck and quacking like a duck, but it’s not a duck.

“It’s a fact, the state is getting rid of public employees and replacing them with a private contractor who went through the same process all other privatization contracts go through in New Jersey.  

“After months of ducking questions completely, the Treasurer is now giving partial and misleading information a mere day before Governor Christie can attempt to award the contract – to a single bidder with special connections to his closest political friends.  

“Thousands of Jersey jobs could be lost, small businesses will be slammed, and this could blow a huge hole in the New Jersey budget.”

Treasurer Andrew Sidamon-Eristoff told Assembly Budget Committee members today that “We are not privatizing the Lottery. The state will continue to own the Lottery. The division will continue to collect revenue.”

He assured legislators the state has opt-out provisions to protect its interests in case the private operator does not meet its goals.

Sidamon-Eristoff also told lawmakers that he believes many of the Lottery workers could end up working for NorthStar.

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Treasurer: We’re not privatizing Lottery