Senate Committee Passes New Legislation To Expand Gaming Outside of AC

Yesterday, Debra P. DiLorenzo, President & CEO testified before the Senate Budget & Appropriations Committee in opposition to the expansion of gaming outside of Atlantic City. This was the first hearing on the recently unveiled compromise agreement announced on Monday by Governor Christie, Senate President Sweeney and Assembly Speaker Prieto. 

 

The compromise legislation, SCR-1 (Sarlo/Sweeney), would allow for two casinos to be built at least 72 miles away from Atlantic City.  The bill allows current gaming licenses to bid on the two licenses to operate the casinos in North Jersey and they have 60 days to do so (amended down at yesterday’s hearing from the initial 180 day time period).  If no current licensees bid by the expiration of the 60 day period, the licenses will be open to all other bidders.

 

In addition to DiLorenzo, both Senator Jim Whelan and Assemblyman Chris Brown from Atlantic County testified in strong opposition to SCR-1. Senator Van Drew also, once again, voiced his concerns with the expansion of gaming outside of Atlantic City before he cast his "no" vote. The CCSNJ thanks all three legislators for their leadership on this issue, which will greatly and negatively impact the entire Southern New Jersey region.

 

As expected, the bill passed out of Committee by a vote of 9 -2.  We will continue to keep you updated on this issue as it progresses through the legislative process.

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 and 14, 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.