South Jersey leaders launched a campaign against North Jersey casinos on Monday, promising a “formidable” spending effort to defeat an expansion of gambling outside Atlantic City.
No North Jersey Casinos Coalition — an alliance of businesses, public officials, labor leaders and citizens — announced its formation at a Statehouse news conference. The group also released an economic study that said Atlantic City would lose three to five casinos if gambling halls open up north.
Fight for public opinion on north Jersey casinos is underway
New Jersey voters will decide in a November referendum whether to approve up to two North Jersey casinos. Casino gambling in the state is currently limited to Atlantic City, where four casinos closed in 2014 amid competition from neighboring states.
The news conference featured the coalition’s chairwoman, Chamber of Commerce Southern New Jersey CEO Debra DiLorenzo, Resorts Casino Hotel CEO Mark Giannantonio, UNITE HERE Local 54 president Bob McDevitt, Greater Atlantic City Chamber president Joe Kelly and other local leaders.
“Our business and labor communities and residents feel strongly about protecting the Atlantic City gaming industry’s 38-year legacy that has provided so many families with good paying jobs and billions of dollars in tax revenues,” DiLorenzo said. “The coalition and its members will work vigorously to defeat the ballot question on Nov. 8.”
Local leaders launched the No North Jersey Casinos Coalition on Monday. Will they be able to defeat the November ballot initiative?
Total Votes: 238
Yes. A unified voice is needed to stress the potential harm to A.C. 52%
No. They can't compete with the lure of 2 northern casinos. 44%
Diversify now! 4%
The group launched its website and released a study authored by Cory Morowitz, a managing partner at GGH/Morowitz Gaming Advisors. The study predicted two North Jersey casinos would siphon up to $1.4 billion i