Sacco’s first thought on casino in his backyard: Public safety

A North Bergen family, the Caballeros, went to the Taj Mahal on May 21 to celebrate their daughter’s 21st birthday. Days later, Martin Caballero was found by an Atlantic City farmer dead, stabbed after an alleged carjacking caught on camera at the casino parking garage.

State Sen. Nick Sacco (D-North Bergen), also mayor of North Bergen, remembers all too clearly.

So when asked about the slim possibility that a casino could be built at the Meadowlands, in his legislative backyard, Sacco is all for it. But he said do it right.

“We would wipe out the competition,” Sacco told PolitickerNJ, but, he said, “Public safety is a major issue.”

Although Sacco hasn’t “really studied the issue” of a casino and hasn’t been a part of the Democrat’s gaming summit, he visited a new Pennsylvania casino recently and he likes the idea of augmenting the racetrack with gambling. But in even in Pennsylvania, he made sure to contact security when he arrived at the casino, and they toured the facility at his side.

“We would be able to compete with New York and Pennsylvania,” Sacco said. “People are running out of New Jersey (for gambling).”

Sacco’s first thought on casino in his backyard: Public safety