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LET VOTERS DECIDE ON MEADOWLANDS CASINO

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Asbury Park Press
4:02 p.m. EDT May 28, 2015

Gov. Chris Christie apparently has finally seen the light, or at least seen the dollars and cents, that a new casino at the Meadowlands would bring to New Jersey.

He said Wednesday he now favors allowing a casino in North Jersey if some of the revenue is used to aid Atlantic City and if New Jersey voters approve such a move in a ballot question as early as November.

Now would be the time to do it. This week, the Hard Rock International and the Meadowlands Racetrack proposed building a casino at the Meadowlands that experts say could be one of the most successful in the country, generating up to $500 million in tax revenue for New Jersey.

Analysts have said that such a casino would draw gamblers from Manhattan, which does not have any casinos of its own.

The casino also could provide as much as $200 million for Atlantic City's struggling gaming establishments through gaming taxes, according to executives from both companies.

For years, we've been calling on the Legislature and Christie to put a referendum question on the ballot that would allow gambling at the Meadowlands. It's long past time to do so. Voters would have to authorize amending the state constitution to allow casinos outside Atlantic City.

"I certainly would be supportive of getting this question done as quickly as we can, so we could move to expand it, if that's the will of the people," Christie said on the "Ask the Governor" radio show on 101.5-FM. "I think given the competition around us, it would be the right thing to do, as long as there's a provision to have some of the revenue to help Atlantic City and help some of the workers down there who have lost their jobs because of the downsizing."

That competition, in Pennsylvania, Connecticut and New York, has been around for years, and it has devastated Atlantic City. More importantly, it has kept New Jersey from deriving the tax revenue a casino at the Meadowlands would generate. Did Christie hope that wishing for Atlantic City casinos to be profitable would make it so? Now he is getting realistic.

The Atlantic City gaming industry has been hurting for years. Last year, four of the city's 12 casinos shut down, and gambling revenue has been falling steadily for eight years, even without in-state competition. In 2006, Atlantic City won $5.2 billion from gamblers; last year that figure was $2.74 billion.

South Jersey legislators once again have expressed opposition to the latest proposal to allow a casino at the Meadowlands. Rather than grousing, they should be committed to turning Atlantic City into a vacation destination not wholly based on wagering.

It is time to get this question on the November ballot and let New Jersey residents decide whether the expansion of casinos should be permitted. The fate of the remaining Atlantic City casinos must take a back seat to the state winning a major jackpot from gambling.

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