As expected, ballot question number 1 – North Jersey casinos – crapped out tonight.
Paul Fireman and Jeff Gural, the founders of OUR Turn NJ, issued the following statement regarding voter rejection of Ballot Question #1, which would have expanded gaming to Northern New Jersey:
“We are disappointed, but not surprised, by tonight’s result. We have seen for some time now that the people of New Jersey were unhappy with the lack of details on this issue. We do not view the failure to pass Question #1 as a rejection of gaming expansion, but as a rejection of our state’s current political climate and a failure to have all the facts presented to them.
“New Jersey has the chance for billions in private investment and to create thousands of new jobs. We cannot squander this opportunity to our neighboring states. But New Jersey has to start from the beginning on gaming expansion. What the people of this state need to see is a transparent, competitive plan that outlines in full detail how gaming expansion would work. Anything short of that will mean that we continue to lose out on all the jobs, revenue, and economic opportunities that gaming expansion can bring to New Jersey.”
The victor in the battle against North Jersey gaming tonight, Trenton’s Bad Bet issued the following statements:
“We are glad to see the overwhelming support across New Jersey opposing casino expansion. We attribute our success to a broad coalition of community leaders, unions, small businesses and residents who are convinced that North Jersey casinos would be a detriment to the entire state,” said Bill Cortese, executive director of Trenton’s Bad Bet.
“Today’s vote is an important step for Atlantic City’s return to becoming a world class resort. On behalf of the 30,000 employees and their families that rely on the Atlantic City casino industry, we are gratified by the overwhelming defeat of this initiative,” said Morris Bailey, owner, Resorts Hotel Casino.