Prieto, other Dem leaders, say they want gaming question on November ballot


Speaker Vincent Prieto (D-32) and establishment Democratic Party and labor leaders today formally declared their support for the North Jersey gaming question to go on the general election ballot this November.

“The speaker said they are going to work out the details with leadership,” said Assemblyman Ralph Caputo (D-28), chair of the Assembly Gaming Committee, long an advocate for North Jersey gaming, who appeared at a Meadowlands press conference along with Prieto, state Senators Ray Lesniak, Paul Sarlo and Loretta Weinberg, Bergen County Executive Jim Tedesco, and Assembly people Gary Schaer, Valerie Vainieri Huttle and Marlene Caride.

Hard Rock International said its project could generate over $400 million in new tax revenues for New Jersey.

“This is a billion dollar investment by [Hard Rock],” said Caputo. “Let’s get this done.”

Prieto’s public statement comes a week after Gov. Chris Christie said he favors a ballot question concerning North Jersey gaming.

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