TRENTON – The prospect of bringing casino gaming to the Meadowlands will be discussed next week during an Assembly Regulatory Oversight and Gaming Committee hearing, officials announced earlier in the week.
The committee’s chairman, Ruben Ramos Jr., (D-33), Hoboken, announced they will hear testimony from invited speakers during the meeting at the Meadowlands Racetrack in East Rutherford. The committee meeting is slated to be held in the Hambletonian room on July 19 at noon.
“We need to at least discuss the potential for casino-style gaming in North Jersey and its potential to create jobs and economic growth and position New Jersey’s gaming industry to better compete against other states,” Ramos said in a statement.
“Ignoring the fact the out-of-state competition exists is foolhardy,” he said. “Expanding gaming options to the Meadowlands could strengthen New Jersey against that competition that has already lured customers away. Any option to bring additional revenue and create jobs deserves careful consideration, and this is where the discussion starts.”
No bills will be considered during the meeting, however, fellow committee member, Assemblyman Ralph Caputo, (D-28), Belleville, is the sponsor of legislation, ACR53, that would ask voters whether to amend the state’s Constitution to allow casinos to be established and operate within Bergen County, Assembly Democrats said.
“The reality is that Atlantic City is losing many of its North Jersey customers to newly-opened casinos in Pennsylvania and New York,” Caputo said in a statement.
“Bringing gaming to the Meadowlands can help us reclaim the market and bring back much-needed revenue to New Jersey. Starting this discussion is common sense,” he said.