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Rally Supports North Jersey Gaming

Published: June 4, 2016 5:34 pm ET

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Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association of New Jersey President Mark Ford along with Anthony Perretti and Mike Gulotta aligned forces with top state Democrats, county officials and union leaders on Friday at a news conference to convey their confidence to the public that casino gambling will be brought to the northern part of the state.

Among those who spoke in favour of the expansion were Democrats Senate President Stephen Sweeney, Senator Paul Sarlo, Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg, Senator Bob Gordon, and Bergen County Executive Jim Tedesco.

State Senate President Stephen Sweeney stood at the conference in front of the Meadowlands Regional Chamber of Commerce stating that bringing casino gambling to the area was “the right thing to do for the whole state.”

"This gives us an opportunity to create thousands and thousands of construction jobs in the northern part of the state of New Jersey," Sweeney said. "But guess what? It gives us the ability to create thousands and thousands of jobs in the southern part of the state and helps us to rebuild Atlantic City, and gives Atlantic City the opportunity to be the destination we want it to be."

Building northern casinos will have a ripple effect that will benefit the economy state-wide, not just Bergen County, according to County Executive Tedesco.

The Meadowlands is not the only proposed location -- Hudson and Essex County are also being considered -- however, it is the most important location for New Jersey horsemen.

Tedesco believes the Meadowlands is a “perfect spot” for gaming expansion as it is already a “premier entertainment destination” because of the Met Life Stadium, large-scale concerts and the current development of the American Dream project that already take place in the area. “The best is yet to come especially when we add casino gaming to the mix.”

The public will have the opportunity to vote this November on whether or not casinos should be expanded via ballot question. New Jersey Senate Democrats released figures that state casinos could generate an estimated $4 billion in economic activity, and up to 20,000 construction and permanent jobs in North Jersey. The Atlantic City region will also benefit with $3 billion and thousands of jobs. In a press release, the SBOANJ stressed that it is very important that all horsemen go out and vote in favour of casino expansion this November.

(With files from SBOANJ)


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