NORTHFIELD – Two Southern New Jersey Republicans came out this afternoon in opposition to a Democratic proposal issued earlier today to assess the possibility of casino gaming in the Meadowlands.
Second District Assemblymen John Amodeo and Chris Brown issued statements in which they called revitalization of Atlantic City essential to the economy of that region as well as the state.
As Gov. Chris Christie was touring the newly licensed Revel casino in Atlantic City this morning, Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver and two Democratic members of the Regulatory Oversight and Gaming Committee issued a call to study the possibility of casino gaming farther north as a means to protect the state from the gaming competition in New York and Pennsylvania.
But Amodeo, also a member of the Regulatory Oversight and Gaming Committee, said in a release, “It is incredibly disappointing that some of my colleagues chose to play politics today by calling for expanded gaming at the Meadowlands.
“What our state needs is continued investment into Atlantic City to produce the kinds of jobs we celebrated at the Revel mega-resort today – 2,000 trade union construction jobs and 5,000 permanent jobs.”
And Brown said, “Studying gambling at the Meadowlands is a waste of our tax dollars. It would also hurt the success we are now achieving in Atlantic City with the opening of Revel and additional development to come by creating an unpredictable gaming environment that would discourage new investment.”
Labor also weighed in against the Democrats’ proposal.
“I’m dismayed that Speaker Oliver and legislative leaders are attempting to divide our state into north versus south, instead of unifying behind the efforts of Governor Christie, Senator Steve Sweeney and other state leaders to get New Jersey back to work,’’ said South Jersey Building Trades Council President Will Pauls.
“Discussion of gaming outside of Atlantic City only undermines our collective efforts to encourage new investment here and restore Atlantic City as a true destination resort.”