FDU poll on Revel bailout propels Doherty

State Sen. Mike Doherty (R-Washington Twp.) highlighted the numbers behind the numbers in today’s Fairleigh Dickinson University (FDU) poll concerning the state’s $350 million bailout of a stalled Atlantic City casino project.

“The more people know about it, the more people are against it,” said Doherty, just one of two state senators who voted against the bailout earlier this month.

The FDU poll shows that among responders with a “great” understanding of the issue, 72% of those polled said they oppose the Revel bailout, while 29% favor.

“This is opposition that cuts across party lines – and moderates oppose it the most,” said Doherty, one of the most conservative legislators in Trenton. “My voting record is clear. I voted against it twice. I took one look at this bill and immediately knew it was a stinker.”

State Sen. Joe Pennacchio (R-Montville) also voted against the bill.

“We were also able to get 14 ‘no’ votes in the Assembly,” said Doherty, who further chafed with the news that a significant amount of materials for the project would come from Red China.

In a breaking story, Revel CEO Kevin DeSanctis today ABC News that the company is “very close to a deal with China Export-Import Bank to provide the $1 billion needed to finish the project.”

“If they can do it with private investment, that’s what they need to do,” Doherty said.

State Sen. Jim Whelan (D-Atlantic City), a champion of the Revel bailout bill, later explained that the $1 billion investment is in part contingent on the $350 million go-ahead from Trenton. FDU poll on Revel bailout propels Doherty