With 2 bills before committee, CWA launches campaign against lottery privatization

A New Jersey workers union opposed to the governor’s plan to privatize the state lottery launched a television ad campaign Monday.

The Communications Workers of America of New Jersey is sponsoring a 30-second television spot to educate residents about Gov. Chris Christie’s “short-sighted scheme to privatize the state lottery,” reads an announcement of the ad.

CWA, which represents state lottery workers, says Christie’s privatization plan is a gamble.

“Even though New Jersey has an efficient, award-winning lottery, Gov. Christie is stubbornly seeking to privatize it,” said Seth Hahn, legislative and political director for CWA of NJ.

“With one in 10 New Jerseyans already out-of-work, lottery privatization is a bad deal which would make foreign corporations rich while making things worse for taxpayers and small businesses,” he said.

The union says the privatization could cost the state thousands of jobs and would hurt lottery vendors.

The Senate State Government Committee is discussing two pieces of legislation today dealing with lottery privatization.

One bill would require legislative approval for private operation of the state lottery. The second is a resolution calling on Christie to seek legal counsel from the Department of Justice before awarding the contract.

 

With 2 bills before committee, CWA launches campaign against lottery privatization