Christie dismisses Oliver’s pro-Meadowlands gaming quest

TRENTON – Gov. Chris Christie, having toured Atlantic City’s newest casino today, Revel, reminded the Assembly Speaker this evening that the state’s gaming-based attention must be toward revitalizing that city, not exploring options elsewhere.

“Our focus must remain with Atlantic City to continue its revitalization and its comeback.  This is too critical a moment to divert our attention and our resources to the Meadowlands when we are on the cusp of Atlantic City’s resurgence,” Christie said after Speaker Sheila Oliver earlier today said she wanted to schedule hearings into possible casino gaming in the Meadowlands. 

“We worked together to get to this point, and for the good of Atlantic City and our entire state, we must see this through,” Christie said.

Christie was the latest in a line of public officials who expressed opposition today to Oliver’s call for paying attention to northern Jersey’s gaming options.

Senate President Steve Sweeney as well as southern Jersey Republican lawmakers opposed the call by Oliver and other Assembly Democrats to study whether casino gambling is an option for the Meadowlands.

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Christie dismisses Oliver’s pro-Meadowlands gaming quest