The ongoing battle over the expansion of gambling services in New Jersey continues as lawmakers consider whether adding more brick & mortar casinos will increase the state’s revenue.
In late 2016, Garden State voters opposed a referendum by a 3-1 margin that would have authorized two land-based casinos in North Jersey. However, that hasn’t stopped proponents like Gov. Phil Murphy from seeking to attract more NJ residents that routinely flock to venues in neighboring states.
“My fear is if there’s a casino on the west side of Manhattan, they won’t send one red cent to Atlantic City. I’d rather that gaming, and those jobs created, be in New Jersey,” opined Murphy during an October 2017 debate with Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno.A recent article published by Press of Atlantic City points to the growing conflict between those in favor of and opposed to North Jersey casinos by citing a study from Trenton’s Bad Bet, an anti-gaming lobbying organization.
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Is a North Jersey gambling expansion inevitable?
While concerns of eventual saturation persist, the state is unlikely to forego guaranteed licensing fees, or the additional tax revenue, that would be generated by future casinos in Bergen County or East Brunswick.
NJ Online Gambling will provide more coverage on this story as it develops.