Sweeney: Senate plans no hearings into casino gaming at Meadowlands

TRENTON – First it was Republicans who weighed in against Speaker Sheila Oliver’s call for public hearings into casino gaming possibilities at the Meadowlands.

Then organized labor added some opposition.

Now opposition has come from Oliver’s upper chamber colleague.

Senate President Steve Sweeney said this afternoon that “My colleagues and I passed bipartisan legislation to restore Atlantic City’s health.  I am proud of that accomplishment and believe it will result in great things for the people of Atlantic City and the surrounding area.

“But we are in the early stages of implementing that legislation and revitalizing Atlantic City.  We must let that revitalization happen first before we take any action that would endanger this effort.

“While I certainly respect the Assembly’s plan to hold hearings on casino gambling in the Meadowlands, I want to make clear that the Senate has no plans to hold similar hearings.  Let’s rebuild Atlantic City first.”

Earlier today while Gov. Chris Christie was touring the newly licensed Revel casino in Atlantic City, Oliver and two other Assembly Democrats – Ruben Ramos, (D-33), Hoboken, and Ralph Caputo, (D-28), Belleville – issued their call that Northern Jersey not be forgotten.

They fear that region will suffer at the hands of out-of-state gaming competition.

Earlier coverage:

Amodeo, Brown oppose Dems’ Meadowlands proposal


Sweeney: Senate plans no hearings into casino gaming at Meadowlands