Senator Steven Oroho today said he looks forward to working cooperatively with Senate President Stephen Sweeney to explore expanding casino gaming into northern New Jersey.
According to a report published Wednesday in The Record, Senate President Sweeney said he has discussed expanding gaming opportunities to northern New Jersey and that a statewide referendum on expanded gaming could be placed on the November 2015 ballot.
“I’m encouraged to hear the Senate President say that voters might soon get to decide on expanding gaming to north Jersey and other parts of the state,” said Oroho (R-Sussex, Warren, Morris). “Expanding gaming will not only bring additional needed revenue and jobs to New Jersey, but also boost local equine, racetrack and tourism industries throughout the area and state.”
“There are unique features in North Jersey that attract thousands of visitors each year. Expanding gaming to this region will help leverage these assets to their fullest potential and keep more folks who live in this area from crossing to Pennsylvania and New York to gamble there. By co-branding new gaming venues with the global brand Atlantic City has already built up and by leveraging loyalty or other similar type programs, we can help make Atlantic City a preeminent destination location.
“I stand ready to help the Senate President move this idea forward. As evidenced by the recent budget debates, we have to do all we can to bring more jobs to New Jersey and to keep more revenue from leaving the state.”