CCSNJ Opposes North Jersey Casinos at Public Hearing
This afternoon, Debra P. DiLorenzo, President & CEO, testified against SCR-1 (Sarlo/Sweeney), which would allow for the expansion of gaming outside of Atlantic City, at a Senate Budget & Appropriations Committee public hearing. Today’s hearing marked the fifth time the CCSNJ has verbally testified against this measure since December of last year.
In her remarks, DiLorenzo stated, “It is indisputable that expanding gaming within New Jersey will only result in more of what our region has already lived through – more casino closures, more jobs lost, less vendor money being spent in the region and higher unemployment.”
Because today’s hearing was a required public hearing needed to pass a Constitutional Amendment, no formal vote on SCR-1 (Sarlo/Sweeney) was taken. The Assembly counterpart to this bill, ACR-1 (Caputo/Prieto) has been posted for a public hearing on March 7.
In January, Governor Christie, Senate President Sweeney and Assembly Speaker Prieto announced that a compromise had been reached between the two Houses of the Legislature, which would allow gaming to be expanded outside of Atlantic City. The compromise would allow for two casinos to be built at least 72 miles away from Atlantic City. The casino licensees must agree to make a mandatory $1 billion investment per project in each North Jersey casino, as well as agree to timeframes that assure an expedited construction process.
If passed by a super majority (three fifths) the measure will be placed on the November 2016 ballot and the public will have the opportunity to vote on whether or not they want to expand gaming outside of Atlantic City.
The CCSNJ will continue its fight to keep gaming in Atlantic City and protect the interests of South Jersey businesses. As always, we will continue to keep you updated on new developments as they occur.
Click here to read earlier versions of CCSNJ’s testimony opposing the expansion of gaming outside of Atlantic City:
December 17, 2015 Testimony
January 7, 2016 Testimony
Testimony Addendum of Historical and Regional Data
Click here to view the CCSNJ’s letter to Governor Christie and the members of the South Jersey Legislative Delegation opposing gaming outside of Atlantic City from October of 2015.
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