OCEANPORT – The all-Democratic panel is examining the gaming and exposition challenges facing the state, focusing on the solutions set forth in the Hanson Report.
The report was commissioned by Gov. Chris Christie and penned by Jon Hanson, developer and former chairman of the Sports and Exposition Authority.
Hanson wasn’t available for the first two summits in Atlantic City and at the Meadowlands Racetrack, but he is in Oceanport today for questions.
Among the fist presenters before the panel was State Sen. Robert Gordon (D-Fair Lawn).
He said the Hanson Report, regardless of its merits, “did serve as a much needed catalyst” to open up the discussion about the gaming industry.
“We need a comprehensive strategic plan to grow all sectors of the tourism market,” Gordon said. “The time has come to stop talking about a zero-sum game.”
He supported “gaming in combination with racing” and said the “cannibalization,” so to speak, of the casino industry due to expansion: “I believe this argument is no longer valid.”