A state lawmaker is calling Caesars Entertainment’s announcement to build a resort-like casino in neighboring New York pure “hypocrisy.”
Assemblyman Ralph Caputo issued a statement Thursday bashing the announcement by the company he says “has been a major roadblock for the state over the past few years” for expanding casinos and gambling in the Garden State. Caesars Entertainment, which owns a casino in Atlantic City, has argued expansion would revenue from Atlantic City.
“For Caesars to impede the progress we could have made in New Jersey then go to New York to build is plain hypocrisy,” he said. “This new move to build a casino resort in New York adds insult to injury.”
Caesars Entertainment reportedly plans to open a $750 million complex in New York about 50 miles north of New York City.
Caputo criticized the casino for going as far to oppose scaled-down gambling expansions – including installing slot machines in the Meadowlands.
“They are our main opposition to growing the gaming industry in the state and have not supported any opportunity to increase gaming revenue if it meant earning it outside of Atlantic City,” he said. “New Jerseyans are already lured away from Atlantic City to other gaming venues in New York, Connecticut, Pennsylvania and Delaware. We can sustain the gaming industry and the millions of workers and families it supports by seizing opportunities to expand and generate new revenue in New Jersey.”
The Las Vegas-based company operates 52 casinos around the world.
A Caesars Entertainment spokesperson did not immediately respond to a message for comment.