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State Assembly To Vote On Bringing Casinos To North Jersey

New Jersey Law Makers are hoping to bring casinos to the northern counties.
New Jersey Law Makers are hoping to bring casinos to the northern counties. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Mohegan Sun Casino

HACKENSACK, N.J. -- A proposed constitutional amendment sponsored by Democratic lawmakers would allow the creation of world-class casino gaming facilities in North Jersey.

Under current law, casino gambling is permitted only in Atlantic City, but the constitutional amendment proposed by Assembly Democrats Ralph Caputo, Speaker Vincent Prieto, Gary Schaer, Valerie Vainieri Huttle, Raj Mukherji, Joseph Lagana, Tim Eustace, Marlene Caride, Angelica Jimenez, Gordon Johnson and John McKeon, Tom Giblin, Sheila Oliver, L. Grace Spencer, Mila Jasey, Cleopatra Tucker and Eliana Pintor Marin, would allow the Legislature to pass laws to permit casinos in two northern New Jersey counties if it’s approved by voters in November.

“For a state sorely in need of new revenues for vital needs such as programs and property tax relief for senior citizens and disabled residents, this is a win-win,” Schaer (D-Bergen/Passaic), chairman of the Assembly Budget Committee said in a statement. “This proposal would help bring a brighter economic future for our state.”

The measure was approved 54-16-3 by the General Assembly.

The law would determine the location and type of casinos as well as the games that can be played. The law would also determine the tax rate to be levied upon the gross gaming revenues derived from the gambling operations.

"We are losing gaming tourists to our neighbors and it is time we bring them back home to New Jersey, all while ensuring continued help for Atlantic City and viable funding for senior and disabled residents," Eustace (D-Bergen/Passaic) said. “This is, quite simply, the right thing to do.”

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